Farmer Brown Shears His Sheep: A Yarn About Wool

 
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Farmer Brown shears his sheep and has their wool made into yarn, but after they beg to have it back he knits the yarn into sweaters for them. By the author of The Thing That Bothered Farmer Brown.

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It's springtime, and Farmer Brown is shearing his sheep: "Clip-clip, buzz-buzz, / He took their wool and left them fuzz." Naked, the pink-cheeked sheep begin to shiver as the temperature drops. They watch in dismay when Farmer Brown gathers up the bags of wool to deliver to Mr. Greene, who cleans and cards it. "'BAAA!' they cried. 'We want it back!'" But their bleating is to no avail. Farmer Brown continues on his rounds, visiting the yarn spinner and the dyer before he finally realizes that his poor lambs are frigidly following him. He scurries back to his farm and sets to work--knitting each one a bright, colorful sweater!

The third in the Farmer Brown series, after Farmer Brown Goes Round and Round and The Thing That Bothered Farmer Brown, this "yarn about wool" is as charmingly silly as its predecessors. Children can learn about the process of turning wool into the yarn that becomes the sweaters on their backs, while sympathizing with the somewhat ineffective sheep who must become all tangled up in yarn before clueless Farmer Brown catches on to their plight. However, never let it be said that Farmer Brown doesn't have a heart. 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. (Ages 4 to 7) --Emilie Coulter

About the Author:

Teri Sloat is no stranger to sheep and other farm animals; she and her husband have raised many themselves. Ms. Sloat is the author and illustrator of several picture books, in addition to having written two previous books about Farmer Brown. She lives with her husband and youngest daughter in Sebastopol, California.

Nadine Bernard Westcott has also raised sheep and lived through the process of making yarn from fleece. Her funny pictures can be found in countless popular picture books, including those about Farmer Brown. She lives on the island of Nantucket in Massachusetts.

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