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Woolbur Hardcover – January 2, 2008

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About the Author

Leslie Helakoski is the author of The Smushy Bus and Big Chickens, a Junior Library Guild selection. Born and raised near New Orleans, Leslie Helakoski received a degree in advertising from the University of Louisiana and one in illustration from Northern Michigan University. She now lives in Lawton, Michigan, with her family.



Lee Harper is an artist, teacher, and storyteller. Looking for the Easy Life is his fourth picture book. Lee also illustrated woolbur, by Leslie Helakoski, with "lumpy, expressive ovines, especially the wild-wooled Woolbur," that brought the "delightful tale of independence to life" (Kirkus Reviews); Turkey Trouble, by Wendi Silvano; and Snow! Snow! Snow!, the first book he both wrote and illustrated. Lee lives in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, with his family.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD270L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (January 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060847263
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060847265
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 20, 2008
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When you grow up as the daughter of a fiber artist (spinning, knitting, weaving, etc.) there are certain things you learn about wool. You know how the tiny fibers hook into one another, making them easy to spin. You know the difference between a gossip wheel and a walking wheel. And when your mother also works in a small bookstore you learn which children's illustrators also know their wool. Jan Brett probably does, due to the fact that you can make out every tiny stitch on the sweaters she draws. Almost every person who has ever illustrated the story of Sleeping Beauty does NOT understand (wool on a distaff? SERIOUSLY, people!). Paul O. Zelinsky does understand (notice that in his version of Rumpelstiltskin the bobbins on the spinning wheel fill with gold thread). And now we have illustrator Lee Harper. Lee Harper is the kind of artist who goes the extra mile. A guy who'll learn about wool, study it, subscribe to "Fiber Arts Magazine", (this is true) and then lovingly illustrate a picture book like "Woolbur" to the best of his abilities. Ostensibly the story of a little sheep that is a "free spirit" (their words, not mine) the book is an extremely palatable tale of sheep, wool, and finding a way to follow the rules without compromising your beliefs. It also stays true to the nature of wool. Pretty complex stuff for a book that's only 32 pages long.

Basically, Maa and Paa would have preferred a conformist. What they got instead was Woolbur. Woolbur is a sheep that has his own way of doing things. While all the others card the wool set before them, Woolbur cards the wool that's still on his body. If others are spinning wool in front of a spinning wheel, he's riding it.
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Woolbur is a wonderful children's book that shows it's not only ok to be different, but it sure is a lot of fun. Knitters and spinners alike will enjoy sharing this story with their children and grandchildren.
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Woolbur was a little lamb whose fleece was white as snow...until, of course, he decided to dye himself a bright, snappy blue:

"You look unbelievable!" said Paa.

"I know," said Woolbur. "Isn't it great?"

"It will never wash out!" said Maa.

"I know, " said Woolbur. "Isn't it great?"

Whether he's carding, spinning, or weaving, Woolbur's uncoventional approach to wool causes his nervous parents to pull their own wool at night, waiting for the day when Woolbur will finally follow the flock. "It's what we sheep do," say Maa and Paa, begging him to change his ways.

But Woolbur's spirited individuality can't be sheared, and before long he has the rest of the flock following him. Woolbur is the perfect yarn to share with kids who dare to be different, as well as those who need a nudge to let their own light shine. Go Woolbur!
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My toddler son and i read this ebook. It was cute, quirky, and a bit confusing. I liked how the sheep family have good and bad moments like a human family. The parents worry about their son. The grandpa tells them to relax buddha style. The parents tell their son to follow the traditional rules, or manners, of sheep society. The son keeps on being different in good and harmless ways...and encourages others to do the same. The parents become buddhas in the end.
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Ohhhh, Woolbur!! You are one of my all-time favorites. The illustrations just crack us up...we cackle every time we read this book, which is often. And the message comes through loud and clear...be who you are.
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The illustrations are adorable, but this is one more children's book that makes the parents out to be bad guys. Be warned of that. If I choose to read it to my granddaughter I will change the story as I do.
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A wonderful tale that transcends the questions of integrating those who are different from our self and how community can be built through appreciation. And then there is infinite discussion possibilities for the unanswered question,":how will we know you from all the rest?". A heady and heart filled story for all of God's children
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Woolbur is a deliciously illustrated book that's a fun read-aloud for all ages. We first came across it at the local library, and brought it home. After we read through it just once, we hit Amazon to find our own copy. And then the next day, we hit Amazon again, to send a copy to my mom, who spins... wool! And most recently, we sent another copy to my mother-in-law, who agrees it's a delightful story with great characters, engaging writing, and pictures that just make you smile. If you're in a household that loves fiber arts, silly lambs, or just a sweet story to share with someone you love, Woolbur is a great choice.
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