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Ten little lambs
McGinty, Alice B.
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New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, 2002.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm
As they play all through the night, little lambs from ten to one finally fall asleep.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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Ten little lambs who won't go to sleep. What will they do all night? In this clever counting book, ten rowdy youngsters come up with all sorts of games and messy play to make their sleepover party nonstop fun! But how long will each mischief-maker manage to stay awake? Young readers will enjoy counting the lambs as one by one, they begin to snooze. Full of charm and giddy humor, this rhyming read-aloud is for every "little lamb" who wishes there were no such word as bedtime.

Author Notes

Melissa Sweet has received a Caldecott Honor medal award for A River of Words for her illustrations. Her illustrations have appeared in the New York Times and Smilebox cards.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS.^-Gr. 2. It's bedtime, but 10 lively lambs are busily engaged in some very unbedtimelike behavior. Sweet's adorable watercolor-and-colored pencil illustrations show a pile of energetic sheep tackling and tumbling, wrestling and rumbling, piling their bedding in mountains for sledding. The rhyming text counts backward from ten, losing one lamb to sleep with every turn of the page. Youngsters can be challenged to find the one yawning lamb in each scene, a clue to which one will disappear from the following spread. Sweet doesn't take any chances that children will miss the point: she shows the sleeping lambs in a series of locketsize illustrations that increase by one as the number of lambs in the major scene decrease by one. There are good opportunities for counting practice, both forward and backward, though kids won't be able to practice identifying numbers as no numerals are shown. Fun for home and school; also useful to introduce the concept of subtraction to young children. --Lauren Peterson

Publisher's Weekly Review

Good night, little lambs. Go to sleep, a mother says to the 10 children sleeping over at her house. That endearment prompts one child to dream about a wild and wooly slumber party of sheep. McGinty's (the Dogs Helping People series) rhyming verse and Sweet's (Bouncing Time) vibrant watercolors describe a madcap countdown: Ten little lambs who won't go to sleep. What will they do all night? They'll tackle and tumble, and wrestle and rumble. Ten little lambs, all night. On each spread, one lamb falls asleep, leaving his peers to continue the high jinks. The verse can be awkward (of the grouping of five, McGinty writes, They'll build a skyscraper with oatmeal and paper), but the visuals compensate nicely. Sweet dresses the lambs in the pajamas worn by the child party-goers; she plants a big yawn on the lamb next destined for dreamland; and she shows the sleepers' faces in thumbnail portraits set into spreads portraying the late-night romping. Thanks partly to her frothy sherbet tones and playful penciling, the ovine guests exude good humor and guilelessness amid the mayhem. Rarely has naughtiness seemed quite so innocent. Ages 2-6. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-When Mom turns off the light and says, "Good night, little lambs. Go to sleep," the scene is set for 10 children at a sleepover to transform into lambs ready for a night of fun until, one by one, they grow tired and drift off to sleep. Readers may be reminded of the rhythmic repetition common to several of Bill Martin's stories. Listeners will quickly detect the pattern and join in. Sweet's watercolor and colored-pencil illustrations are created on Arches hot-pressed paper, and, although at times a bit busy, they reflect the action of the text. They also add to the repetition by reflecting the number of "lambs" asleep in scattered circles around the pages, as well as the action of the wakeful youngsters. While the art is too cluttered for children just learning to count, young readers will enjoy finding all of the characters.-Cathie E. Bashaw, Somers Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.