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Brave Charlotte (New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books (Awards)) Hardcover – September 15, 2005

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Kindergarten-Grade 2–Charlotte the sheep is anything but sheepish. She likes to climb trees and swim in fast-running rivers. Even the dog can not keep up with her. The older sheep shake their heads in disapproval, but their opinions change when the shepherd breaks his leg and Charlotte is the only one brave enough to make the long journey to the farmer's house to get help. The language is simple and the text is short enough for reading aloud. The lighthearted acrylic spreads give the characters personality. Wilson does a good job of suggesting the softness of the sheep's wool and the steepness of the mountain crags, making the art almost seem tactile. The illustrations are the best part of this otherwise average picture book.–Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT
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PreS-Gr. 2. The other sheep huddle sheeplike in the pasture, but Charlotte is a risk taker. They shake their heads when they see her leaping riverbanks and climbing peaks, and sheepdog Jack has his paws full with Charlotte. Yet Charlotte's intrepid behavior is an asset when the shepherd breaks his leg. It's Charlotte who makes her way to the farmer's house to get help, climbing over the mountains and getting a truck driver to give her a lift. Of course, all ends well, and that expected outcome adds to the book's main problem--a lack of surprise. On the plus side, the artwork, in an oversize format, is both handsome and just a bit whimsical--especially the spread showing four sheep staring out at the reader and asking, "What is she up to now?" The text is short enough to be easily read aloud, and there are a few lessons about bravery--as well as a caution that taking rides from truck drivers is only for sheep. Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 680L (What's this?)
  • Series: New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books (Awards)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (October 7, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582346909
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582346908
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 0.4 x 12.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charlotte is brave, but she is also defiant, which I'm not totally into. She puts herself in dangerous situations (hitch-hiking with a stranger) that I'm not really into either. But the illustrations in this book are truly gorgeous! So we still read this book but with our own new words, with less tut-tutting from the older sheep and Charlotte being applauded, not derided for her sense of adventure. Also when she gets into the pick-up truck, it's because she knows the driver -- they're friends!
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The translated picture book is slowly getting more and more attention in America today. It used to be that you'd see a foreign translated title maybe once or twice in a year. Now, however, books from Germany and Italy and all kinds of places are getting more and more attention. Finland, however, has never had an American picture book hit. So when "Brave Charlotte" came out, it looked like the Fins had a sure thing going. A cute plot. Lovely little illustrations by a German illustrator. And it's all about an adorable sheep who just want to help others. What's not to like? Unfortunately the book just does not hang together very well. I'm not certain if it was the translation, the nature of the story, or the odd plot arc but for all it's charms, "Brave Charlotte" definitely comes off as less than satisfying. It's perfectly nice to look at and all. But I seriously question the New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year honor it received. Nice but definitely no wonder.

You have your normal everyday sheep, and then you have Charlotte. Right from the start she was different. When the other lambs stuck close to their mothers she would go bounding off in pursuit of adventure. When they would sleep at night she'd find a secret spot far away in the countryside where she could look at the moon. One day, the shepherd who tends the flock breaks his leg. The sheep don't know what to do and old Jack the border collie is too old to go get help. Who's it up to to save the day? Why none other than Charlotte, of course! Off she goes to get help. She fords streams, bounds over fields, hitchhikes on the highway, and finally finds a farmer who knows her and gets a doctor for the shepherd. Having proved herself, now all the sheep turn to Charlotte for guidance and protection.
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This is one of my favorite books. I bought it to give to a friend who raises sheep and she will recognize the "independent nature" of little Charlotte, shake her head and laugh. You are rooting for Charlotte the whole time.
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The illustrations are great! I'm not sure if it's the translation or what, but the story is not particularly engaging or all that original and I don't feel like my kids were all that enamored either.
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By RabbleDW on September 17, 2013
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I bought this book for my daughter and its wonderful. Nicely illustrated, lovely story and great altogether look. I would definitely recommend.
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This is such a sweet story. It was also the perfect gift for a friend's daughter named Charlotte whose mother also knits!
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We liked the story and beautiful illustrations so well I bought a second book for my nieces! Great story of selflessness.
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