Sheep on a Ship


The rhyming misadventures of a group of zany sheep on a pirate ship.

Sheep on a deep-sea voyage run into trouble when it storms and are glad to come paddling into port.

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The rhyming misadventures of a group of zany sheep on a pirate ship.

Sheep on a deep-sea voyage run into trouble when it storms and are glad to come paddling into port.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A joyous lark for story time sharing or for the beginning reader's independent amusement." Booklist, ALA
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The team that delivered the winning and funny Sheep in a Jeep have joined forces again for another irresistible trip in rhyme. The sheep are depicted as pirates, lulled to sleep on a calm green sea, but are awakened as ``Dark clouds form / a sudden storm.'' The boat pitches as ``Winds whip. / Sails rip. / Sheep can't sail / their sagging ship.'' Sheep abandon ship for a raft, dragging their treasure chest along, and drift until ``Land ho! / Not far to go.'' When the dripping sheep finally reach the dock they are ``glad to end their trip.'' The spare text is easily mastered by the beginning reader, while adults reading this aloud will appreciate the tongue-twisters and rollicking rhymes. Apple's softly shaded colored pencil drawings add just the right touch of whimsy. Readers will hear the call of the sea, and wish for another adventure--soon. Ages 2-5. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Sheep were never the brightest of hoofed creatures—a truth Shaw and Apple capitalized upon in their original series of picture books now finding a second life as board books. It is a good life, too, since Shaw's simple rhymes in a readable type size ("Waves lap. Sails flap. Sheep read a map, but begin to nap.") transfer nicely to the smaller page format. Apple's double-spread drawings work well, too. The Spanish main pirate caravel flaunts the skull-and-crossbones' banner from its crow's nest. While in the throes of a sudden vicious storm, it sways, bounces, founders and sinks so believably that the viewer can almost feel a nasty bout of seasickness coming on. And then there are the sheep themselves. Has any ship's crew ever looked less like pirates? Has any crew ever been as hapless? The entire flock's expressions are priceless. Its response to the crisis is also priceless: sheep-like, the lot opts for chaos. But never fear, dry land and safety will appear. This is a fun book to have back in any format. Toddlers and very early readers are definitely going to enjoy the reissue. Reviewer: Kathleen Karr
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395643761
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/28/1992
  • Series: Sheep Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 125,314
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: 160L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Margot Apple is a freelance illustrator, having illustrated more than fifty books for children while also producing illustrations for "Cricket" and "Ladybug" magazines. She now lives in Shelburn Falls, Massachusetts, with her husband and their pets, a dog and a cat.

Nancy Shaw is the author of seven beloved tales featuring the endearing and comical sheep. She came up with the idea for the sheep books during a very long car trip with her husband and two children. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her family. For more information, visit

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  • Posted April 5, 2011

    not thrilled

    my daughter loves 'Sheep in a jeep' this book isnt formatted for the NookColor and is difficult if not unenjoyable... I wish I could get my money back.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2013

    Waste of $5

    This e-book is not formatted like a book, and is difficult to read to a young child because of the odd formatting. I wish I could return it because you really can't tell from the sample what the rest of it looks like. It's disappointing because I really love reading the actual books in this series to my child. Once I purchased it, it didn't even show up on the "kids" shelf.

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    Posted January 2, 2013

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