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Sheep Out to Eat

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The sheep are back, and this time they're hungry, venturing into a tea shop for even more rollicking fun and, of course, disasters.

Five hungry sheep discover that a teashop may not be the best place for them to eat.

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Overview


The sheep are back, and this time they're hungry, venturing into a tea shop for even more rollicking fun and, of course, disasters.

Five hungry sheep discover that a teashop may not be the best place for them to eat.

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"The very simple sentences, the rhymed text, and the humorous tone are perfect for beginning readers." School Library Journal, Starred
Publishers Weekly
Nancy Shaw and Margot Apple's busy sheep, most recently seen getting ready for Halloween (see Children's Books, Aug. 1), are back in another board book, Sheep Out to Eat. Five sheep spot a teashop in this humorous rhyming story of lunchtime chaos. After they try their best to dine in the tiny restaurant, they realize the best lunch spot is the grassy field across the street. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Shaw and Apple offer more sheep shenanigans featuring the fractious flock that wreaked hilarious havoc in Sheep in a Jeep , Sheep on a Ship and Sheep in a Shop . Shaw's tongue-twisting rhymes, which here chronicle five sheep's attempt to eat at a tearoom, are as simply clever as ever. From the start, it's clear that this crew is out of its element. After feline waiters bring them menus, the sheep ``point to words that they can't read.'' When ``Waiters bring them spinach custard,'' the sheep ``add sugar, salt, and mustard.'' Things go downhill quickly--and riotously--after the diners put pepper on their cake and begin sneezing wildly, upsetting tables and sending cups and dishes crashing to the floor. Asked to leave the premises, ``Sheep pout. Sheep walk out. Suddenly they look about.'' The faces on Apple's wonderfully expressive creatures suddenly light up, for what they see is a lush lawn, which seems a perfect lunchtime munch. On the last page, the fleecy fivesome gambol down the road, in search (readers will hope) of more mirthful mischief. Ages 2-5. (Sept.)
Children's Literature
Sheep in a tea shop--now that is bound to bring mayhem. Shaw's sheep learn the pleasures of wreaking culinary disaster in their usual rhythmic, melodic misadventures. They accidentally put pepper on the cake; the sneezing tips the table and all the tea cups. What a mess. After they are asked to leave the shop, the sheep see what they really want for lunch. After enjoying the delicious lawn, they leave a generous tip and plan a return visit to that tasty expanse of greenery. The book is as great to entertain a child while awaiting food in a restaurant as it is to provide a cautionary message with a sense of the ridiculous. Originally a picture book, the transition to board book format works just fine. 2005 (orig. 1992), Houghton Mifflin, Ages 1 to 3.
—Marilyn Courtot and Susie Wilde
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Shaw's sheep learn the pleasures of wreaking culinary disaster in their usual rhythmic, melodic misadventures. The book is as great to entertain a child while awaiting food in a restaurant as it is to provide a cautionary message with a sense of ridiculous.
Children's Literature - Jessy Deutsch
From the first page it is clear that sheep aren't meant to go out to eat, but the language play and pastel pictures make it fun to go along anyway. It's fun to hear the scooping of soup, the combination of custard and mustard, and the smashing and crashing of teacups! Young children will fall in love with the fluffy protagonists, delight in their mishaps, and be pleased when they discover what they're really supposed to eat-the lip-smacking lawn.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- Shaw's sheep are back, to wreak havoc in a very dignified tearoom--until they discover that the best place for them is truly out to eat. . . on the lawn. The very simple sentences, the rhymed text (a natural invitation to sound out the words), and the humorous tone are perfect for beginning readers. The book will also delight preschoolers. Shaw has really keyed in on particular plot elements young children will like, especially the sheeps' absolute powerlessness over making a mess: ``Table tips. Teacups smash. Tea drips. Dishes crash.'' The simplicity, the slapstick, and the cheerfulness in the face of disaster will all appeal to them. The illustrations, softly colored and expressive, show the five sheep doing their best to adjust to a world in which they don't belong. All but the smallest collections will probably want more than one copy of this attractive and amusing book. --Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395720271
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/28/1995
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 131,493
  • Age range: 4 - 7 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 http://www.nancyshawbooks.com/.

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  • Posted October 17, 2011

    A great read for you and your little ones!

    I purchased this for my grand daughter for Christmas, but when it arrived, I had to read it....I laughed out loud several times. Then, when my daughter came over, I couldn't wait to show her. As she read it out loud to her 8 month old, she couldn't stop laughing--we were both in tears and the baby was laughing at us! Can't wait till Christmas.

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

    A must read !

    Author has a wonderful way with words-love all her "Sheep" books.Great for 2 years and up.Highly recommend for parents.
    auntier

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2005

    fun beginning book

    My 7 year old daughter has checked this book out twice already, she loves the silly story and illustrations. The words are just challenging enough for a child beginning to read independently. Younger children will enjoy the rhymes and humor as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2000

    A Book That's Fun To Sneeze At!

    This book reminds me of nothing so much as taking my family out to eat. It's a disaster! Only when it's the sheep, I can laugh! My daughter likes to sit in my lap as I read it, and we sneeze when the sheep sneeze, and 'jump and bump our knees.' I can't wait to get my hands on the rest of the sheep books.

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