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The SheepOver (Sweet Pea & Friends) Hardcover – December 8, 2015
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PreS-Gr 2-Inspired by a true story, this picture book debut tells the story of Sweet Pea, a lamb who is very sick. Everyone in the farmyard is worried, including Farmer John, who takes quick action by summoning Vet Alison to treat Sweet Pea's injured leg and fever. She promises Sweet Pea that when she is fully healed a special treat awaits her in the greenhouse: a sleepover with all of her farm friends. Sweet Pea and the other farm animals like many of the same things young children enjoy when sleeping over at friends' houses such as eating delicious food, dressing up, dancing, and listening to bedtime stories. Photo-illustrations offer readers comical close-ups of Sweet Pea and her pals combined with digitally manipulated backdrops that lend the tale a fantastical feel. Text incorporates dialogue and uses refrains to show the anthropomorphized farm animals' concern for Sweet Pea and celebration for her recovery. Sweet Pea is a cutie, but there are far better farm-themed options available. VERDICT Not an essential purchase.-Samantha Lumetta, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OHα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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"The Churchmans capture something that feels like a modern-day fairy tale."―Publishers Weekly
"Perfectly paced and gently reassuring"―The New York Times
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Poor Sweet Pea is sick and unable to get to her feet. Farmer John calls Vet Alison for help. Yes, Sweet Pea has a temperature and one other injury and she needs to be quiet. Vet Alison is such a smart lady as she recognizes Sweet Pea needs a friend for company during her recuperation.. Reminds me of the expression 'a friend in need....'. Alison also promises Sweet Pea a celebration when she gets well. And, this Sheep Over is quite the event for all of the animals on the farm...
In addition to being bright and colorful, the photo-illustrations are absolutely adorable. The text is interactive and educational for the little ones in your 'circle' . More importantly, the farm animals show compassion and caring when they realize Sweet Pea is sick...absolutely heartwarming. And, how happy they are when learning she is better! The younger ones will be able to learn the sounds that many animals make on the farm. There is an owl, a rooster, a goose, a duck, a turkey, hens, a cat and some dogs.
The author recommends this book for ages 3 - 6 and Preschool - 1. Personally, I think it should be for those ages 3 - 96!
For me, unequivocally the 'Baa----st' book for children that I have read and reviewed this year. Well done to my Vermont neighbors!
Most highly recommended.
The book is a treasure. John's photography and post-photography work is nothing short of brilliant. The book production is first rate and the neat thing is that the story and the characters are all real. In fact, John often invites supporters to his Vermont farm to meet the various animals we've all grown vicariously to love.
The grand-daughter is getting a copy and her own lamb for Christmas. Cannot recommend this book too highly.
Sweet Pea is one of the many sheep on the Churchman's farm. One night, Sweet Pea gets very sick and they have to call in Vet Alison. All of the friends on the farm are deeply worried about Sweet Pea and share their concern on the pages. Keeper the goose, Prem the goat, and Laddie the dog are just some of the farm friends watching over Sweet Pea. Farmer John promises a SheepOver in the greenhouse if Sweet Pea gets better and that is just what Sweet Pea and her friends get.
The illustrations are actual photos from the Churchman farm yet have digital artwork mixed with it. It gives the photos that creative brilliance that will give children the magic of what happens between the animals on the farm.
I love how all the animals on the farm are like family and rally around their friend Sweet Pea when she is sick. Then celebrate together when she is healthy. What a wonderful lesson to teach children about loving and caring for their friends.
So many of us have become separate from the animals who feed us, the natural world that allows us to survive. Children grow up without understanding the intricacies and complexities of life beyond the technological.
Thank you to the Churchmans for this gem of a book. May Sweet Pea and Friends appear in many guises in the years to come.
What a wonderful addition to the childrens books that live on Nanas shelf!