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Nattie Parsons' Good Luck Lamb

Nattie Parsons' Good Luck Lamb

by Lisa Campbell Ernst

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When hard times beset Nattie's grandfather's farm, he decides they must sell some of their sheep, keeping only those whose wool is best. Clover, Nattie's special ``good-luck'' lamb, has the worst coat of alldry, wiry and hitherto never shorn. To save him, Nattie determines to shear him and weave a shawl, somehow, from his wool. Clover unwittingly cooperates by getting into the raspberry patch, and the pink shawl that results brings a fine price, enough to save the farm. The tale of friendship that Campbell has spun is pleasing, if a bit forced. Her illustrations, which draw heavily on the natural tones appropriate to a farm, are winsome and full of affection. On each spread, the text and one or more visual close-ups are encased in borders of varying sizes and shapes, and are laid over the main illustration (and often over one another as well). This unusual design is often vivid and striking; on some pages, however, it becomes overly busy. Ages 3-8. (March)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 2 The theme of this bookplucky child saves pet farm animal from slaughterhas been treated numerous times in children's books (most notably in Charlotte's Web) , but readers will find this more than new packaging of a well-worn theme. A young girl convinces her sheep-farmer grandfather to let her raise the odd-looking newborn lamb and names him Clover for good luck. Clover's wool is wiry and wild, unlike the even, soft wool of the rest of the flock, and grandfather knows that his wool will not add income to their family business. Nattie loves him anyway, but worries that Grandfather will have to sell him to buy winter hay for the other sheep. Clover, meanwhile, senses her anxiety, and as he always does when nervous, overeatsan entire shrub covered with raspberries. His wool absorbs the deep red color, and Nattie shears him and weaves a splendid shawl from the unusual wool. Not surprisingly, the shawl brings a high price at the local country store and grandfather is able to buy hay for the sheep. The soft, monochromatic double-page illustrations capture the feeling of the story perfectlyinteresting details add realism and warmth to the story. This should be a great read-aloud. It's similar to Barbara Wallace's Argyle (Abingdon, 1987), but it's just different enough to warrant consideration. Barbara S. McGinn, Oak Hill Elementary School, Severna Park, Md .

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Product dimensions:
20.00(w) x 20.00(h) x 20.00(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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