One Sheep, Blue Sheep

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Learn counting and colors in this board book about five silly sheep!

Read and laugh as five sheep with fleece as white as snow become one red sheep, one blue sheep, one yellow sheep, one green sheep, and one purple sheep until the whole flock is an array of colors!

With this simple board book, children will be able to change the color of the sheep on each spread through inventively placed die-cuts! They will also learn to count from one to ...

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Overview


Learn counting and colors in this board book about five silly sheep!

Read and laugh as five sheep with fleece as white as snow become one red sheep, one blue sheep, one yellow sheep, one green sheep, and one purple sheep until the whole flock is an array of colors!

With this simple board book, children will be able to change the color of the sheep on each spread through inventively placed die-cuts! They will also learn to count from one to five in this silly story that ends, of course, with the farmer shearing the sheep to create his multicolored scarf!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Errant buckets of paint left around a farm turn five sheep from white to red, yellow, blue, green, and purple. Along the way, paint cans fly through the air, and the sheep slip and slide and dump paint on each other, Gatorade-style (cotton ball–shaped die-cuts show off each sheep’s new color). Wiley’s verse incorporates a few sly nursery rhyme references (the sheep’s fleece is initially “as white as snow” and later the farmer “laughed to see such sport”), and Mantle’s illustrations are both full of color and slapstick action. Up to age 3. (June)
Children's Literature - Robert Perret
When a clumsy farmer accidentally spills a bucket of blue paint on a sheep, he sets off a barnyard craze! Every sheep wants a bright new makeover. The paint starts flying and soon the blue sheep is joined by a red, yellow, green, and purple sheep. The farmer responds by knitting a multi-colored scarf directly from their bodies! While this book may not be the most accurate depiction of how yarn is made, it is an engaging way for small children to practice counting and colors. The story is conveyed in rhyming verse, albeit rough in a few spots. Smoother prose would probably have helped youngsters read along. The art is suitably colorful and silly. Every page also has a cutout sheep shape where the new color shows through from the next page. However, the holes don't line up with anything on the backside when the page is flipped, which seems like a missed opportunity in this type of board book. Parents and kids will enjoy this brief diversion to the farm, and will be inspired to have some colorful fun of their own! Reviewer: Robert Perret
Kirkus Reviews
A farmer's clumsiness leads to a color explosion. "[W]hen the farmer spill[s] paint on [one sheep's] head--" chaos ensues. These sheep receive one outrageous dye job after another as paint cans splatter on their heads. Though the first makeovers are sheer accident, they enjoy their stylish wooly dos. The sheep's faces express their zany personalities with a tilt of their heads and a flip of their floppy ears. With such a slight plot there's not a lot of opportunity for character development, but they do have a lot of fun. The text is not as strong, with meter galloping unevenly from rhyme to rhyme. A lighthearted twist distinguishes the end. "The farmer laughed to see such sport. / He knew just what to do. / He sheared those five silly sheep and said, / Thanks for the scarf, you colorful crew!" Die-cut circles with scalloped edges provide peepholes but seem additional rather than intrinsic to the composition as a whole. Complementing the flock's shenanigans, the farmer toils comically in each digital spread, adding extra visual interest for readers. A colorful, off-kilter barnyard party. (Board book. 2-4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545402842
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Pages: 12
  • Sales rank: 317,675
  • Age range: 3 months - 3 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Thom Wiley has written several books for children, including Dino Parade! and Farm Parade! He lives in New York City with his family.

Ben Mantle has illustrated numerous books for children. He lives in London, England.

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