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The Snow Lambs
     

The Snow Lambs

by Debi Gliori
 
It's a snowy, blowy night. Sam, Dad, and Bess the dog are counting the sheep from the field. When the hearding is done, Bess is missing. Now a blizzard is threatening. In howling wind and blinding snow, brave Bess leads Dad's best ewe home to safety. And born the next morning are two perfect snow lambs. Full color.

Overview

It's a snowy, blowy night. Sam, Dad, and Bess the dog are counting the sheep from the field. When the hearding is done, Bess is missing. Now a blizzard is threatening. In howling wind and blinding snow, brave Bess leads Dad's best ewe home to safety. And born the next morning are two perfect snow lambs. Full color.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
One snowy night, while redheaded Sam and his father are counting their flock, Bess the sheepdog disappears to search for a pregnant ewe. Bess finds her, but Sam worries about Bess out in the storm: will she ever find her way home? The pair returns in time for the ewe to give birth to snow lambs: "And later, when the wind had dropped from a howl to a whisper, the kitchen filled with newborn bleating." Throughout this suspenseful and ultimately reassuring book, Gliori (My Little Brother) ingeniously uses a "split screen" effect to contrast Sam's warmth and safety at home with the perilous trek of the intrepid dog and trusting ewe. A single spread, for example, shows two frames: on the right Sam's mother blow-dries his hair in a golden-hued interior, while on the left, Bess and the ewe struggle against an icy wind in a gray landscape; in another, Sam digs under a comforter for his pajamas as Bess digs through the snow so the sheep can fit under a fence. Gliori's densely textured, cheerfully cartoony illustrations skillfully use the effects of light to convey sensation and emotion: they evoke the bitterness of the cold and the anxieties lurking in the deep shadows (indoors and out). The combination of unflappable, protective dog, loyal child (who keeps waiting even after his unconcerned parents go to bed) and cute sheep is a winner. Ages 4-7. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Susan Fournier
On a wintry, snowy night, Dad, Sam, and, the sheepdog, are herding the sheep from the field. As they put the sheep to rest for the evening, Sam realizes that Bess, his beloved dog, is missing. Because of the impending storm, Dad insists that they go home, and hopes that Bess will return safely. Sam can not be so sure. His evening is filled with fears about the safety of his pet. The author uses the illustrations to give the readers some insight into the whereabouts of Bess, and her quest to lead Dad's best ewe home. The pages are divided into two scenes: one of Bess and the ewe fighting to make it back to safety, and one of Sam and his frightened family hoping for their safe return. Bess ends up as the hero when she successfully leads the ewe home to safety and allows her to deliver two perfect lambs in the safety of her home. An endearing story about the persistence of a dog and the loyalty of a friendship, this story is sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 2A heroic sheepdog takes center stage in this charming picture book. Sam and his father are out herding sheep when they notice that their dog has disappeared. The child is worried, but his father is more concerned about the sheep. Throughout the cold winter night, Sam continues to worry. In a dramatic split-page technique, Bess's adventures are shown on one side of the double-page spread, while Sam's nightly routine is shown on the other side. The text follows the artwork's theme, depicting the boy digging his pajamas out of his bedding as Bess digs a path through the snow, or Sam listening to a scary story as Bess endures the howling wind. This unity of text and illustration points out the bond between the boy and his dog with powerful understatement. The illustrations are a curious blend of realistic and cartoon styles, and the overall feeling is one of friendly accessibility to the story and characters.Melissa Hudak, North Suburban District Library, Roscoe, IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780590203043
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/1996
Edition description:
1 AMER ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.54(w) x 9.05(h) x 0.35(d)
Lexile:
540L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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