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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
"Meet the Sheep!" This "Farm Animals" series has a distinctly personal and almost nostalgic aura: animals and small farms shown are clean and neat, some buildings are of stone, family members are working—it's definitely not agribusiness! In each volume, ample pages bordered in a design of that animal's footprints offer engaging color photographs like one here of a colorfully dressed shepherd woman holding a curly brown lamb. Ten sections present topics ranging from descriptions of breeds and types through feeding, training, and caring for the animals to life cycles and history. Sheep breeds include merino, karakul, and dorset; readers will learn that all domestic sheep derive from the urial of southern Asia or the mouflon from south Europe. A two-page spread illustrates sheep features: tails, senses, horns, feet, tails, and wool. Caring for sheep includes vaccinating them and shearing them each spring. Future farmers and city kids will be interested to discover that sheep are sacred to the Navajo and were revered by ancient Egyptians and Celts; a short retelling introduces readers to a Greek myth about Aries the Ram. For inquiring minds, a short quiz and two recommended books point to further research, while a "Frequently Asked Questions" section answers queries like "How do I get my sheep sheared?" Unusual for the variety of information presented, the freshness of its graphic appeal, and recognition of the antiquity and traditions of animal husbandry, this series is an exceptional value for its reasonable price.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590364352
  • Publisher: Weigl Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Series: Weigl Farm Animals Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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