Where Is the Green Sheep?

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There are red sheep and blue sheep, wind sheep and wave sheep, scared sheep and brave sheep, but where is the green sheep?

The search is on in this cozy, sheep-filled story from acclaimed author Mem Fox and popular Australian cartoonist Judy Horacek. Complete with sleepy rhymes and bright illustrations, this book is sure to delight children of all ages, from the very young ...
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Overview

There are red sheep and blue sheep, wind sheep and wave sheep, scared sheep and brave sheep, but where is the green sheep?

The search is on in this cozy, sheep-filled story from acclaimed author Mem Fox and popular Australian cartoonist Judy Horacek. Complete with sleepy rhymes and bright illustrations, this book is sure to delight children of all ages, from the very young to those just beginning to read.

A story about many different sheep, and one that seems to be missing.

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
The green sheep may have gone AWOL until the last page, but there's no shortage of woolly wonders to see along the way. Wee ones will love all the nonsensical breeds, from the "sun sheep" (a sunbathing ewe complete with tropical drink) to the "rain sheep" (a drenched sheep swinging from a lamppost ala Gene Kelly). (Ages birth to 2)
Child magazine's Best Children's Book Awards 2004
Publishers Weekly
The hunt is on for a sheep that's green all over. But before its undisclosed location is revealed, Fox and first-time picture book illustrator Horacek (previously teamed with Fox for the resource book Reading Magic) introduce children to a host of other whimsical woolly ones, all of which are described in pithy, vocabulary-building terms. "Here is the near sheep./ And here is the far sheep," writes Fox, as Horacek goes in for an extreme close-up on the former and takes a panoramic view of the latter. "Here is the moon sheep./ And here is the star sheep," explains the spread that follows, which finds two sheep staking claim on heavenly bodies. Turning the page, the audience will find all manner of sheep out for a day in the park save one. "But where is the green sheep?" asks the text (the question serves as the book's refrain). The answer finally appears on the last page, where the distinctly lime-green sheep is found snoozing in a meadow. Youngsters won't mind taking a circuitous route to the payoff, however: Horacek's wryly stylized non-green sheep, whose coats look like a hive of curlicues, are utterly endearing in their happy-go-lucky ways whether they're splashing in a bubble bath or schussing down a slide. Parents intrigued by Fox's ideas about early literacy (as expounded in Reading Magic, for example) will find this book a useful vehicle for putting her suggestions into practice. Ages 6 mos.-5 yrs. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Everybody loves sheep and this flock cunningly portrays concepts in a fun and clever manner. We are first introduced to the blue sheep and the red sheep. Sheep in various activities are presented but one sheep is missing—the green sheep. Tanning sheep, diving sheep, even Gene Kelly in sheep's clothing makes an appearance dancing and singing in the rain. (Twenty-first century children will most likely not understand that allusion, but it is a great page!) Horacek's playful pen and watercolor images convey Fox's text with practical simplicity and friendly colors with just the right amount of white space on each spread. A few opposites are included along with an assortment of colorful and color-less sheep engaged in different activities. Can you find the reflective sheep? But what about that elusive green sheep?—by the end of the book you will find it was there all along—beginning with the title page! 2004, Harcourt, Ages 2 to 4.
—Elizabeth Young
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Basic beginning vocabulary is repeated in this easy-to-read rhyme about different kinds of sheep. Children will quickly catch on to the repetitive phrase, "But where is the green sheep?" until they reach the conclusion, where the green sheep is found asleep. Font size is "schoolbook" large and black. White space is prevalent, giving a clear, crisp look to the pages. Horacek's simple, ink-and-watercolor illustrations feature the frolicking sheep basking in the sun, skiing down a slide, playing in a band, etc.; their facial features show their antics as they sing joyously in the rain or shake at the base of the swimming pool's high dive. A welcome addition to the year's flock of easy-readers.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Fox's latest is a participation story filled with a variety of sheep. There are thin sheep and wide sheep, swing sheep and slide sheep, blue sheep and red sheep, sheep that are paired, complementing each other in some way. Only one kind seems to be missing and without a mate as the repetitious question asks, "Where is the green sheep?" Fox, a literacy consultant and reading professor, has once again produced a perfectly simple text with a patterned language and rhythm just right for toddlers experiencing the basics of life and budding readers learning to complete their sentences by looking at words and pictures together. Horacek's clear, matching watercolor-and-pen cartoon-style drawings flawlessly render each ewe's role, providing little ones a successful reading experience and ultimately finding the green sheep's hiding place. Ideally easy and well-designed. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152049072
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 72,860
  • Age range: 2 - 4 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

MEM FOX is the author of many acclaimed books, including Possum Magic, Koala Lou, Time for Bed, and, for adults, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever. She lives in Adelaide, Australia.

JUDY HORACEK is the creator of the cartoons in Mem Fox's Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever. She also writes and illustrates books of her own and creates cartoons that are featured regularly in national magazines and newspapers in Australia. She lives in Dickson, Australia.

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  • Posted November 4, 2010

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    a must-have for any children's library!

    "Here's the blue sheep. / And here is the red sheep. / Here is the bath sheep. / And here is the bed sheep. / But where is the green sheep?"

    This sturdy board book full of cuddly sheep will have every child curious with anticipation - "But where is the green sheep?" Throughout the book we see all kind of sheep that described in a fun way, or doing some kind of activity - bath sheep, bed sheep, up sheep, down sheep, far sheep, near sheep, car sheep, train sheep, etc. But the green sheep is missing and nowhere to be found... until the last page of course!

    Simple words, repetition, fun rhyme, and great illustrations make this book a must-have for any children's library!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2011

    Sheep Sheep!

    My 19 month old LOVES this book! When she starts saying "sheep sheep," I know that she wants to go and read it. We read it so much, I almost have the book memorized! I think this is a must-have for any kid's bookshelf :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2010

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    Great Nap Time Read

    I can read almost all of the words in this book now! A great read before those mid afternoon naps. -Reagan, (2 years old)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2009

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    GREAT BABY PRESENT

    I got this book for my grandson. He likes it so much that I now give the
    book as a baby present. The pictures are cute and the rhyming is great.
    It is a wonderful inexpensive present.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2009

    Great book for babies

    I was looking for a simple and funny book for my 7 monthes old daughter and i saw this book in youtube. I liked it a lot for its lovely plot, short sentences ,funny images and curiosity that this book wakes up. It's really very interesting, where is the green sheep ????
    My daughter likes it , actually , it's the only book she has a patience to listen to.

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  • Posted April 14, 2009

    My 2 year old loves this book.

    Entertaining to the nth degree. My 2 year old loves to call out an opposite and have me correct her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2006

    We LOVE it!

    My 2 year old daughter loves this book. We first borrowed it from the library. She'd bring it to me to read everyday. I had to purchase it because we had to return the borrowed one and she kept asking for 'reen cheep'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2004

    great book!

    from moment I brought this book from the library my 2,5 old daughter won't let it go, she memorized story and we read it every night again and again! It is great book with cutest illustrations and perfect text for toddler mind. We all enjoyed it and will buy it for us and friends. It is new children classic! Highly recomended

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