Friday, July 22, 2011

Hide and Sheep by Andrea Beaty - ESSENTIAL

Beaty, Andrea. Hide and Sheep, illustrated by Bill Mayer. Margaret K. McElderry Books (Simon & Schuster), 2011. $15.99. PICTURE BOOK. A clever play on the nursery rhyme “Mary had a little lamb,” and the phrase “counting sheep,” and the game "hide and seek." While Farmer McFitt is asleep, 10 sheep escape to play they go the zoo. 9 sheep to the circus. 8 sheep to the ball game. 7 sheep to the movies, etc. Farmer McFitt catches and shears the last sheep at the school and then knits the sheep clothes and falls asleep. The appealing vintage looking illustrations are done in subdued fall hues. The anthropomorphically illustrated sheep fit in every place they go and still the show. EL – ESSENTIAL. Samantha, Public Librarian.

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