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About the Author

For Elizabeth Yates, the story of Peter and his little black cosset began long before she ever wrote it. In her early years the life on her father's large farm gave her a feeling for the land, for animals, and for the people who have both in their care. Many of her experiences found their way into the story, including the joy she felt when she could bury her nose in her own sweater, made of wool spun as it came from the sheep's back. Miss Yates drew inspiration from her hours spent with a New Hampshire shepherd, and, she observes, sheep shepherds, and their ways have not much changed from the days when David cared for his flock on a hillside in Judea. Her story could have taken place in any mountain pasture, in any alpine meadow around the world.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: JourneyForth (September 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890847061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890847060
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By P. Gardner on February 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
Although written for children, there are many words of wisdom in this lovely book. One of my favorites is: "A man must have a care to what he puts in his mind, for when he's alone on a hillside and draws it out he'll want treasures to be his company, not regrets."
Yates uses rich language and imagery in her writing that vividly remind one of the simple things in life. "She snapped out a man's shirt...fastening it with pins to the line."
This book treats, with sensitivity, the loss of one's beloved pet. It portrays strong family values and work ethic from a simpler time.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By WeeBeaks on November 11, 2009
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This book was read as part of our curriculum. It honestly is not one I would have chosen for my son, who usually picks more adventure stories. The content involves a boy, Peter, who lived in the past (specific dates not given in the book), in a remote mountainous area, on the outskirts of a village apparently. Peter's family is a farming family, primarily involved in raising sheep. The entire story revolves around Peter and his relationship with his cosset, Biddy. Now my own son is a city boy who has never been really close to a sheep honestly, and the farming life is completely unknown to him. He is drawn to action-packed tales of detectives, robots and sci-fi adventures. So you can guess I was hesitant about this book. However, the simple story of a boy and his pet easily transcended the differences between Zach and Peter, and Zach sat enthralled day after day as we read this book aloud together. By the end, he was begging for more about Peter, and we did read the sequel, "A Place for Peter," finding it in library storage. The language in this book can be challenging, and so can the syntax at times, being written a while ago. However, reading it together, my son had no trouble overcoming that, relating to Peter easily and gaining some new vocabulary in the process.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Coombs on September 2, 2001
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Hi, I just discovered this book for my kids, .... It is a serene, relaxing book, just the thing to read aloud on a blustery winter evening.
The language is evocative, the characters warm and real. Read it- you won't regret it!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. Olgren on October 14, 2005
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I read this book to my son. It started out a little slow; I wasn't sure he would enjoy it as much as some others we've read. But we really enjoyed it, probably more than many of those others. As I was wrapping it up, he asked about a sequel, which always means he REALLY loved the book. There is one called *A Place for Peter* that is also worth reading. It is such a sweet story. Definitely worth reading.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 1998
Format: Paperback
A warm well written book about a shepherd boy and a speical lamb. I read it to my children and we all really enjoyed it. I'm glad to have it in our family library.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. McGinty on January 5, 2007
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My 8- and 10-year-old children and I LOVED this book. I read it aloud, and we all enjoyed the story -- so much so that we decided to extend our learning to some research of sheep, raising sheep, and sheep farming. I highly recommend this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By chewsalot on March 22, 2012
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This is a wonderful book. I read it to my 6 year old son as part of his required reading this year. We had tremendous conversation about the truth this book holds. A wonderful conversation starter. Love all the spiritual comparisons about sheep and shepherds. They proved to be great analogies, simple for a 6 year old to understand. I highly recomend this book for all ages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on October 28, 2013
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This peaceful book conveys the culture of rural people, in harmony with the seasons and the facts of life, in a quiet way.

This is very,very good for an ESL situation with an adult or child, for literacy help, and even for reluctant readers.

106 pages, many small illustrations (get the version illustrated by Nora S. Unwin), vocabulary includes: tattered, pasture, gustiness, imperative, plunge, linen, fastening, prankishly, hesitateds, abrupt.

Not a life-changing book, but a good, peaceful stury with strong characters.
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