Perfect Picture Book Friday – Sheep Go To Sleep

My goodness what a busy week it has been!  I feel like I keep saying that! 🙂

I already know next week is going to be WAY busier so. . . donations of chocolate will be gratefully accepted 🙂  (A girl needs fuel!)

(Phyllis says groundhogs also need fuel and she will accept donations of strawberries.)

(And Woolliam (aka Baab) says sheep… oh, never mind, he’s asleep.)

As you all know, I am very fond of books about sheep :), and I have the most marvelous new one to share with you today!  It’s as perfect as only a Perfect Picture Book can be! 🙂

Title: Sheep Go To Sleep
Written By: Nancy Shaw
Illustrated By: Margot Apple
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May, 2015, Fiction

Suitable For Ages: 3-8

Themes/Topics: bedtime, counting, animals, language fun (rhyme)

Opening: “Winking fireflies light the way,
as sheep stroll home to hit the hay.
Five sheep settle in their shed,
using straw to make the bed.

Brief Synopsis: It’s time for bed, but the sheep are having a little trouble settling down.  Fortunately a trusty collie knows just what to do to get them all happy and cozy for the night.

Links To Resources: talk about what things you need to go to sleep – are there some things everyone likes to have at bedtime and other things that are more individual?; Sheep Crafts & Activities; 30 Cute Lamb & Sheep Crafts for Kids & Adults; Marshmallow Sheep Recipes

Why I Like This Book: Delightful rhyme, a sweet, fun story, and adorable art – what’s not to love? 🙂  Just like a lot of children I know, the sheep hear some scary noises and feel a little too worried to fall asleep.  Their friend the collie is as wise and understanding as any parent.  He gives one a hug, one a drink, one a blanket until at last everyone is tucked in safe and cozy, sound asleep.  And in the morning, when the sheep wake up, where do you think the collie has gone?  (I’m not telling. You’ll have to read to find out :))  A lovely, comforting story (which incorporates some counting along the way for an added bonus :)) that is a perfect addition to any bedtime bookshelf.

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Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Fun Times At Sheep And Wool

Haaappy Monday, everyone!

I just flew in from the New York State Sheep & Wool Festival and boy are my arms tired!


Thank you, folks!  I’ll be here all week!  Try the chicken cacciatore!

Seriously, though, I really did go to Sheep & Wool and I had tons of fun!

More than 3 people bought copies of Can’t Sleep Without Sheep – awesome!

I saw MANY sheep – always fun!  One was being led around like a dog on a leash, baaing plaintively to his mates behind in the pen.  I didn’t get a picture because I was carrying all my stuff, but he had very cool long ropy hair – kind of like Bob Marley but a different color 🙂

I got to read to a bevy of little munchkins in various stages of sugar overdrive from fair food 🙂

My signing table was right next to Nancy Shaw – yes, THE Nancy Shaw who wrote SHEEP IN A JEEP and many, many others – books I read over and over to my kids when they were little – and I got to meet her and be in a picture with her!

And on the OTHER side of my signing table was my dear friend Iza Trapani!  Here we are:

That’s Iza on the left and me on the right, which I felt I should explain since we look so much alike –  almost like we’re twins 🙂  Or like someone who forgot to take a photo before Iza left just drew a picture 🙂
Here she is for real (in a surreptitious photo taken by my camera-girl) signing for her hordes of loving fans with my hair in the background – that’s the closest I could come to an actual picture with both of us in it 🙂
I hope you enjoyed that Fun Photo Fest and my incredible drawing skills.  (Now you know why I don’t illustrate my own books :))
Oh, and before we go, now seems like a good moment to mention some upcoming fun stuff!
Next week, from October 28 – Nov. 1 we’ll be having the 3rd Annual Halloweensie Contest!  (Go HERE for details if you’d like to enter!)
Monday November 11 will feature an interview with the one and only Mike Allegra!

Wednesday November 13 we will have a very special Would You Read It!

Monday December 2 we’ll be having our Rhyme Clinic with Linda Ashman!
And who knows what other amazing things may happen by 🙂
So with all that awesomeness to look forward to, have a marvelous Monday, everyone! 🙂