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The sheep fairy : when wishes have wings
Symes, Ruth Louise, 1962-
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Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic, 2003.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color ; 26 cm
A fairy helps Wendy Woolcoat, a sheep who is usually happy just to eat and sleep, realize her secret dream of flying.
Reading Level:
AD 400 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.7 0.5 73920.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.3 1 Quiz: 34092 Guided reading level: I.
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A sweet, humorous picture book about how dreams can come true in the most unlikely places---a perfect bedtime story!

Wendy is a sheep with a dream. She spends her days mostly eating and sleeping...but she secretly wishes she could fly! One day Wendy does a kind favor for a fairy, who in turn grants Wendy her one wish. And so Wendy sets off on the adventure of a lifetime--she flies across land and sea, to the moon and the stars and beyond. Soon, Wendy must return back home to save her fellow sheep from a prowling wolf. Though Wendy is tired from her exciting journeys, she has learned a magical lesson-- that dreams really CAN come true!

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 1. Sheep Wendy Woolcoat, who secretly dreams of flying through the moonlit sky, comes to the aid of a fairy in distress, who then grants Wendy a wish. That very night, Wendy sprouts a pair of purple wings and takes off on a high-flying adventure. On her return flight, she notices a wolf approaching the field where the other sheep are sleeping. Wendy shouts at the sheep to wake up, but they don't hear her. Desperate, she flies right at the wolf, shouting, Leave my friends alone! The wolf is so shocked and frightened at the sight of a flying sheep that he runs off in the opposite direction. The story's sweet simplicity and familiar fantasy elements have solid child appeal, as do Sim's childlike pictures, which are filled with bright colors and unusual perspectives. Wrap up a reading with a drawing activity in which children create a picture to illustrate the thought If I had one wish I would wish for . . . --Lauren Peterson Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

When a sheep named Wendy Woolcoat (she resembles an extra-puffy cotton ball with matchstick legs and cocktail-wiener head) rescues a fairy, she's granted a wish. At first, Wendy's stumped, since she loves eating grass and already has ample opportunity to do just that. Sim (Matt's Mat!) has pointed this out earlier by dividing up one page into 16 frames and showing Wendy eating from almost as many vantage points and venues. The fairy, however, presses Wendy a little harder, and the sheep finally admits that she would love to fly. That night, the sheep sprouts rose-colored wings and a crown of stars, and after an awkward start (she gains altitude upside-down), she attains a goofy grace. She soars around the toy-like world that Sim has created with simple shapes and patterns rendered in thick brushstrokes of bright, saturated acrylics (the typography follows her undulating flight path). In a series of panels, Wendy finishes off the night by dive-bombing a wolf that wants to eat her sleeping comrades. Debut author Symes sometimes describes things when Sim's vivid, naif pictures say it all-but she's an energetic storyteller with a kid-friendly sense of humor. Ages 3-6. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-Warm, woolly whimsy prevails when Wendy, a sheep, interrupts her grass eating to rescue a fairy. As the creature is mostly interested in eating grass and sleeping, it's hard for her to take the fairy up on her offer to grant one wish in return. Remembering "her secret dream," Wendy whispers that she'd like to fly. As the fairy flits off, she tells her liberator, "When the moon comes up and the stars come out, your wish will come true," and it does. Returning from her flight, the sheep sees a wolf sneaking up on the flock, and she swoops down and scares him away. As the weary aviator sleeps the next day, the others discuss their common dream of a flying sheep. The engaging text is frequently printed on deeply colored backgrounds and takes a few frolics about the page. It is well supported by thumbprint sheep, lollipop trees, a pink-and-green-frocked fairy, bunnies, birds, bees, hedgehogs, and the wolf. Sheep's-eye views of farmland quilts lend themselves to counting activities, color recognition, and just plain pleasure. Few collections have too many books with flying sheep that have rescued fairies, and this one may be just the ticket.-Jody McCoy, The Bush School, Seattle, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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