Want to teach your child more about The Year of the Sheep? Grab these sheep-themed books and shepherd your way through.
GOAT GOES TO PLAYGROUP by Julia Donaldson and Nick Sharratt,
Macmillan Children’s Books, $14.50 before GST, from major bookstores
Goat is having a busy day at playgroup today. From joining a band to pulling up the weeds, playing dress-up and more, follow him to find out what else he gets up to at pre-school. With lots of fun and maybe an accident or two, this is an entertaining read for little ones who are in a playgroup of their own.
THE SLEEP SHEEP by Anna McQuinn and Hannah Shaw,
The Chicken House, $14.89, from Bookaburra
One sheep, two sheep, three sheep, four. The sleep sheep help the restless fall asleep at night. But not Sylvie’s sleep sheep. Hers are a rowdy bunch: line them up and they dance. Imagine them at the beach, and they go wild in the water. How will Sylvie ever get a good night’s sleep with this wild and woolly flock? Read this together for a fun bedtime story.
CHARLOTTE AND THE WOLVES by Anu Stohner and Henrike Wilson,
Bloomsbury Children’s Books, $16, from Bookaburra
Charlotte is a little lamb with a knack for adventure; climbing trees and swimming in the brooks like no sheep before her. One night, when the echoes of howling wolves ring out from the forest and all the way to morning, Charlotte ventures out to find out why. But what she finds instead surprises her. This sweet read shows that you don’t have to be big to be brave.
THE SHEEP BEAUTY by Li Jian
Better Link Press, $22 before GST, from major bookstores
A doctor discovers an injured sheep on his way home one day and carries it home, nursing it back to health. When a monster appears one day demanding a child from each family, the sheep steps up to save the village. Transforming into a young girl, it tricks the monster and sacrifices itself. A lovely story about kindness and gratitude, the tale is told in both English and Chinese.
MYSTERY AT RIDDLE GULLY by Jen Banyard
Fremantle Press, $13.50, from www.closetfulofbooks.com
Something fishy is going on in Riddle Gully, and super sleuth and reporter-in-training Pollo di Nozi is bent on uncovering the mystery, with Shorn Connery, her sheep sidekick, in tow. But it seems someone is working hard to send her in the wrong direction. If your child is old enough to appreciate puns, she’ll get a giggle out of the characters’ quirky names.
By Nikki Fung, Young Parents, February 2015