Saturday, January 26, 2008
Sheep in a Shop
Christie suggested the Sheep in a Jeep series in board books. This is a great series by Nancy Shaw and illustrated by Margot Apple. I picked up Sheep in a Shop as an example.
The two greatest things about these books are the rhyming and the characters. The text uses all kinds of clever rhyme-end rhyme, internal rhyme, or almost random rhyme. It makes it so fun to read, if not a bit challenging to read smoothly. For example, "Sheep find rackets. Sheep find rockets. Sheep find jackets full of pockets."
The characters are so lively. There are five sheep trying to solve a problem-how to buy a birthday present with no money. On each page every sheep shows some character. There is no such thing as a sheep just hanging around on a page because there need to be five.
These books are fun for reading to a group because of the boisterous text, and they're also good for one-on-one reading to explore the many details in the illustrations.