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K-Gr 3-As she did with Itsy, Bitsy Spider (Charlesbridge, 1998), Trapani takes an old rhyme and adds her own spin to it. Illustrated in muted watercolors, with a setting suggestive of a Victorian winter, the book features Ms. Sheep and her friends, all of whom want something from her. Kittens want milk, a pig wants slop, the dog wants bones, and a horse wants hay. Alas, except for the master, the dame, and the little boy who lives down the lane, the sheep just can't fill her neighbors' requests. As a result, all of them are in a huff, and cry out "Boo, boo, black sheep, shame on you!" However, she has a surprise for them. As it so happens, she has been hard at work knitting a woolen surprise for each and every one of them-mittens for the cats, a shawl for the horse, a fine hat for the pig. In the end, everyone has learned the value of sharing, and they come to her door loaded with presents. The illustrations are pleasing and the expressions on the faces engaging. The story itself works, although it's not particularly engaging. Other old favorites on sharing and caring, such as Angela Johnson's Julius (Orchard, 1993) or Nancy Carlson's Harriet's Halloween Candy (First Avenue, 1994) are just as much fun.

Roxanne Burg, Thousand Oaks Library, CA

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Iza Trapani is the best-selling author/illustrator of several children's books, including TWINKLE, TWINKLE, LITTLE STAR; I'M A LITTLE TEAPOT; THE ITSY BITSY SPIDER; and RUFUS AND FRIENDS: RHYME TIME. She lives in the Hudson Valley of New York.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge (July 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580890717
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580890717
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.2 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Baa, Baa Black sheep have you any wool? So goes the age old rhymn.But did you know it had verses about dogs, pigs cats and even a horse. Everyone is knocking on black sheeps door but all sheep wants to do is knit, knit, knit. The other animals feel black sheep is not being a good friend and neighbor but are they all too quick to judge their woolly pal? Children and adults alike will smile when they see what black sheep has been up to.THIS is my favorite of Iza Trapani's books. A must have!
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We like the other Iza Trapani song books very much, but this one didn't set well with us. In the story, one animal after another comes to the sheep, asking for various things (mouse - cheese; horse - hay etc). There is an air of entitlement about the way these animals demand free gifts of the sheep, and when the sheep politely declines (due to not having whatever was requested), the illustrations show each animal marching off in a huff, with big grouchy frowns on their faces. In the end all the animals come to the sheep's house in anger, demanding to know why the greedy sheep will not share, and are not appeased until the sheep gives them all hand-knit wool clothing. This is not particularly an attitude we want to teach our toddler-preschool kids. I did offer 2 stars instead of one because it held my toddler's attention and the illustrations are, as usual, great. If you don't like the kid book "Rainbow Fish" you probably won't like this one, either. I can recommend most of Trapani's other books wholeheartedly - for us, this one just missed the mark as far as attitudes we want promoted for our children - it sells ungracious and entitled as acceptable.
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Format: Hardcover
I was fortunate to buy 4 hardback Iza Trapani books through a special offer at my child's school. This is my favorite of the set (the others books are The Itsy Bitsy Spider, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and I'm a Little Teapot, my other favorite). All of these books are just beautifully done. Ms. Trapani takes favorite nursery rhymes and turns them into entertaining stories that just beg to be sung (she even puts the music on the last page in case you don't know the tune). Her exceptional drawings really add to the fun. My 5-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter absolutely adore these books and they are short enough that I don't mind reading them every night (only Twinkle Twinkle sort of wears me out singing it). Baa Baa also provides a morale to the story centered around not assuming and giving from the heart.
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I would NOT want these animals as my friends! They are selfish and seem to think they are entitled to whatever they desire. My son requests this story semi-regularly, but it may disappear. We got it for free from his pediatrician, so I won't feel bad about letting it go. I also find myself editing the words as I sing because it doesn't flow at parts. Mainly, I don't feel right after reading/singing it. The characters make me a little angry. (Within reason; I am aware it's only a children's book)
I'm not familiar with Trapani's other work, but I say skip this one.
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I love rhyming children's books, and this one we can sing or read. Beautiful graphics and conclusion to the story - we read this one over and over. It's available in board book as well. Highly recommend.
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I'm a preschool teacher, and i read so many book everyday, thought i'd give this a go at 99 cents. It wasn't bad, but personally i like her other books better... I HIGHLY recommend I'm a little teapot & the itsy bitsy spider by iza, the kids LOVE those
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Format: Paperback
Taking the lead, the humans come to the sheep asking for wool. After the original poem, all the other animals come to the sheep asking for favors. The horse wants hay and the mouse wants cheese. Unfortunately the sheep is unable to help out.

The animals judged him harshly. It turned out he made them all individual woolen items.

This book is a great lesson. Not always will a person have what to share with you. You should really judge people favorable. The sheep was not selfish but rather just did not have what they wanted.
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Trapani's own stanzas she added to this classic rhyme are painful to read. She has no sense of rhythm or meter, making her new text quite awkard. I was also unimpressed with the muddy-looking artwork. My daughter is obsessed with any book that contains animals, but she had no idea what we were looking at in this case.
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