This completely wordless book presents us first with a mystery: what is Sheep doing? After taking some measurements, Sheep finally shears off all her wool, dyes it red, and takes it to Poodle, who spins it into yarn. She (or he?) then works late into the night, knitting a special surprise.

I won’t ruin the ending for you, because this book is a delightful tale about generosity. The gouache illustrations are charming without being overly sweet. And Sheep rides a moped!

Although recommended for children ages 4-8, most people will enjoy this book through the first time, and there are enough details in the illustrations to make a second or third reading just as much fun.

BTW, I found this on the table sponsored by Bookbug, our local kids’ bookstore, at the 33rd Youth Literature Seminar. They are a fantastic place. If you are in the Kalamazoo/Portage area, check this map and drop on by. You can always visit them online, as well.

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