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Wool gathering : a sheep family reunion
Wheeler, Lisa, 1963-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2001]

Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
General Note:
"A Richard Jackson book."
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.6 0.5 54925.
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When the sheep familygets together,even the odd relativesare 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 lunchingeverywhere.It's kissing and huggingfor each little lamblyin this wild and woollyclose-knit fambly.Aren't you excitedto be invited?

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4-8. Sheep look great in this funny family gathering. Ewes, rams, and lambs get together to hug and graze and play ball. Each poem features members of the family. Sister Alabaster has fleece as white as snow; she's a kung fu master and excels at Tae Kwon Do. Then there's "Round Felice / has heavy fleece. / Her wool is big and puffy. / Says Felice, / "I'm not obese! / "Don't call me fat. I'm fluffy!" Ansley's jaunty ink-and-watercolor art catches every bit of the poems' considerable humor. Cousin Hiram's twisting horns are perfect when Christmas decorations are added to them, and Drew, who "grew her wool for years and years because she has a fear of shears," can barely stand upright under all that yarn. Wit, whimsy, and wool--an excellent combination. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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