Wool Gathering: A Sheep Family Reunion

Wool Gathering: A Sheep Family Reunion

by Lisa Wheeler, Frank Ansley
     
 

When the sheep family gets together, even the odd relatives are welcome!

Once a year they gather --

Woolverton, Little Bo Sheep, Felice, Uncle Abe Ram, and the rest of the fleecy flock.

It's baa-dminton here, sheep dipping there, brunching and lunching everywhere.

It's kissing and hugging for each little lambly in this wild and woolly close-knit fambly.

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When the sheep family gets together, even the odd relatives are welcome!

Once a year they gather --

Woolverton, Little Bo Sheep, Felice, Uncle Abe Ram, and the rest of the fleecy flock.

It's baa-dminton here, sheep dipping there, brunching and lunching everywhere.

It's kissing and hugging for each little lambly in this wild and woolly close-knit fambly.

Aren't you excited to be invited?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This waggish collection of poems about an unorthodox family get-together brims with enough visual and verbal fun to appeal to both parents and children alike. The felicitous combination of whimsical watercolors and quick-witted text features a rambunctious, munching family with a plethora of spring "Lambie Kins" who get "passed from sheep to sheep/ and kissed and kissed and kissed!" Newcomer Wheeler is not sheepish about clever puns and wordplay; the character poems especially stand out. "Sister Alabaster," the Kung-Fu master, "sure knows her chops"; "Aunt Eweginia" always makes "ewesful" things even as she "knits till she is nude." The design deserves kudos, too: on one spread, the sheep play "Baa-dminton" and opt for nibbling grass over perfecting their swing while, opposite, "Brunch," shows a baseball diamond and describes "A nibble here/ A nibble there/ Where has the infield gone?" The layout also plays up the punch line for a couple of poems: goofy "Woolverton" carries a bouquet of flowers and wears a love-sick expression, but doesn't know his true love is a cow (revealed with the turn of a page), and "Hiram's Horns" are so magnificent, the family decorates them each Christmas (a full spread is dedicated to their finery). These irresistible sheep relatives will captivate young readers from the time they arrive to their last "So long... farewool... good-baaa." Ages 3-6. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
This collection of short poems describes members of the sheep family who attend the "Wool Gathering." Aunt Eweginia knits "ewesful" things. Cousin Hiriam's horns grow bigger every year and become more difficult to balance, but every year he lets nieces and nephews decorate them for Christmas. Granny warns of "Two Wild Cousins," "Hill Billy and Nanny" who live in the hills, have terrible manners and lead young cousins away. And of course there is "Lanolin...who has such soft skin she flipped her wool and grew it in." These are just some of the colorful characters that make up this sheep family reunion. All of the poems are witty and will appeal to children and parents alike. The illustrations are full-page color images that capture the essence of the poems they illustrate. 2001, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, $16.00. Ages 3 to 8. Reviewer: Danielle Williams
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-A sheep family reunion is the clever theme that unifies these 24 humorous poems. The relations include Aunt Eweginia, Old Ramses, and Sweet Lanolin. Witty wordplay and puns are consistently maintained: "Sister Alabaster,/with fleece as white as snow,/is a Kung-Fu master,/-That lamb sure knows her chops!" Children will delight in the offbeat images: "Odd Ephram is the cousin/that no one talks about./He traded in his woolly coat/and now wears sauerkraut." After the characters are introduced, the verses progress to describe a "Baa-dminton" game and a "Rambunctious" picnic. In the final selection, the sheep bid each other a fond "farewool." Ansley's ink-and-watercolor illustrations extend the humor of this lighthearted collection.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This collection of poems is a hysterical spoof on reunions and the odd characters and behaviors that are at the heart of every family. Sister Alabaster is a lamb who sure knows her chops-she's an expert in the martial arts, while the unassuming Cousin Lambert has a secret superhero identity, with the tool of steel wool at his disposal. From puns on counting and shearing sheep to "ewe," "baa-dminton," and "farewool," clever word play abounds. And what sheep gathering would be complete without the wolf, in costume, of course? Some puns and asides are meant for parents, but will still bring a chuckle from children-Lanolin is a sheep with soft skin . . . because she grows her wool on the inside. Wheeler's poetry debut features delightful rhythm and rhyme, but at times, her division of lines makes it difficult to follow the flow of the poem. Ansley's (Trucks at Work, 1997) watercolors are a rip-roaring complement to the author's humor. From Aunt Eweginia, who knits herself naked, to the team who eats away the baseball infield, they will have readers giggling with each turn of the page. If only every family reunion were guaranteed to be this much fun. (Picture book/poetry. 4-10)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689843693
Publisher:
Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.40(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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