Farmer Brown Shears His Sheep
written by Teri Sloat, illustrated by Nadine
DK Publishing, 2000
Available in paperback from Dorling
Junior Library Guild Selection
Texas State Reading List
the book is distinguished
by the energy and humor of the illustrations and the charm of the
and is also informative on the process: raw wool
to finished cardigans, complete with buttons.
School Library Journal: Bouncy verse
takes readers right into a common rural scene
silly illustrations hint at a story that is anything but ordinary.
The consistently cheerful and unstained rhyme spins a great yarn,
and at the same time pleasantly conveys facts about wool processing.
Pair this lighthearted romp with this creative team's Farmer
Brown Goes Round and Round and The Thing That Bothered Farmer
Amazon: The third in the Farmer Brown
this "yarn about wool" is as charmingly silly
as its predecessors. His magnanimous solution to the sheep's situation
teaches a perfectly palatable lesson in thoughtfulness. Nadine Bernard
Westcott's stubbly-chinned Farmer Brown and rosy-bottomed sheep
are positively huggable.
About the Book
The first two Farmer Brown books were to tease my
husband Bob, but the last book was to say how much I admire the
fact that whatever needs to be done, he will do it. When we lived
in Alaska, he sewed his own fishing pole holders and mended his
clothing, so even though this book is about sheep, it is really
about the farmer being willing to solve a problem and make his animals
Writing about sheep is easy if you live in Sonoma
County. We are surrounded by them, and there are lots of weaving
and spinning clubs. You can make every color of yarn from natural
things that grow here.
- Have each student bring something to school made
of wool. If you can find a donor, compare the finished item to
the dirty wool off a sheep's back.
- Follow sheep through the year on a muralhave
each group decide what happens to the wool in the summer, fall
and winter while it is dry and dusty, rainy, snowing, muddy, leaves
are falling, etc. As a follow-up, have students make their own
stories about a sheep that tries to stay clean.
- Use this book with other ones about sheep and wool:
Anna's New Coat, for example, by Anita Lobel.
- Farmer Brown has to shear his sheep at the same
time every year. Make a calendar that shows something he does
in the same month of each year.
- How many corny jokes can you make using sheep words,
such as ewe, ram, sheep, lamb, wool, yarn, baaa and other? It's
easier to come up with the answer first.
do you call 20 sheep all seated at the table eating a gourmet?