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Farmer Brown Shears His Sheep [Hardcover]

Teri Sloat , Nadine Westcott
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July 26 2001
"Farmer Brown was shearing sheep, piling up a snowy heap of wool that filled his shed, knee-deep..." But when the temperature drops, his shivering sheep see all their wool in sacks--and "BAAA!" they cry. "WE WANT IT BACK!" Young listeners will enjoy chiming in on this hilarious read-aloud as Farmer Brown's sheep track down their wool. As the farmer goes form one neighbor to the next, his sheep discover how their fleece changes when it's cleaned, carded, spun into yarn, and dyed. Can they get it back? It's the tender-hearted Farmer Brown himself who comes up with the surprise solution. "Now each year, come shearing time, the sheep wait eagerly in line, to feel the clip and hear the buzz, and wear bright sweaters over fuzz."

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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

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PreSchool-Grade 2-Bouncy verse takes readers right into a common rural scene: "Farmer Brown was shearing sheep,/Piling up a snowy heap/Of wool that filled his shed, knee-deep." Meanwhile, the silly illustrations hint at a story that is anything but ordinary: unshorn sheep are huddled together in wide-eyed dread, while those who have been buzzed are shivering. The cold creatures want their wool back and follow Farmer Brown as he takes it from place to place to have it washed, combed, carded, spun, and dyed until he finally takes pity on them and "Knit-purl, knit-purl,/The farmer's fingers looped and twirled" and he creates colorful sweaters for each one. "Now each year, come shearing time,/The sheep wait eagerly in line/To feel the clip and hear the buzz,/And wear bright sweaters over fuzz." The consistently cheerful and unstrained rhyme spins a great yarn, and at the same time pleasantly conveys facts about wool processing. Westcott's characteristically humorous watercolor cartoons will evoke a few giggles as the bare sheep peek in windows, chase the farmer, get tangled in the yarn, and finally warm up in their cozy sweaters. Pair this lighthearted romp with this creative team's Farmer Brown Goes Round and Round (DK Ink, 1999) and The Thing That Bothered Farmer Brown (Orchard, 1995).
Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars From Sheep to Sweater and back to Sheep Oct. 21 2001
Format:Hardcover
This book is just wonderful. My 3 year-olds love it. It's silly and entertaining and also educational. If anyone in your family is a knitter, spinner or weaver buy it for them (no matter how old they are). It's a great book for grandparents who knit, etc. to share with little ones.In this time when we are more and more removed from the land this book does a great job of showing children how the sweater came to be on their back. You just can't go wrong with this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amusing, great for little ones. April 23 2001
Format:Hardcover
This is a great book for 3-5 year olds. Everything rhymes, so it's fun to read and the "plot" is even better! The farmer shears his sheep, has it washed, carded, made into yarn and dyed. All the while, his sheep are chasing after him, wanting their wool back! Finally, the farmer knits them "brightly-colored cardigans" and from then on, the sheep can't wait to be sheared. If only life were that simple.... :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Farmer Brown Teaches Us Again Sept. 28 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Not only is our favorite farmer up to many new adventures--this time fighting with sheep shearing, but this book is a great way to introduce young readers to the literary term "onomatopoeia". With the buzzes, clips, and host of animal noises, the term can be easily explained with a favorite character. This book shares what I love about all Teri Sloat's books, they are well written with great imagery and the pictures are excellent!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super great! Dec 19 2001
Format:Hardcover
This tale of Farmer Brown has quickly become one of our family favorites. My two year-old loves the rhyming text, and my six year-old enjoys knowing how the wool is made into yarn and eventually into clothing. Also, as a teacher, it is wonderful to have such an educational book with interesting, rhyming text. We are looking forward to new adventures with Farmer Brown!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super great! Dec 19 2001
By tallman@tcworks.net - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This tale of Farmer Brown has quickly become one of our family favorites. My two year-old loves the rhyming text, and my six year-old enjoys knowing how the wool is made into yarn and eventually into clothing. Also, as a teacher, it is wonderful to have such an educational book with interesting, rhyming text. We are looking forward to new adventures with Farmer Brown!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable, musical, colorful, intelligent! Oct. 18 2005
By Treetop learning - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
From the time we borrowed this book from the library, our son has loved it. The rhythmic nature and rhyme of the lyrics have held his attention and are beautifully done. It is animated without being too cartoonish, colorful, and you can't help but fall in love with the characters (such as Mr. Peale, who owns the finest spinning wheel). Furthermore, it has really reinforced his knowledge of sheep and processing wool, and boosted his enthusiasm for anything agricultural. We renewed the book several times in the fall and winter last year, and he asked for it late in the summer again-(not easily forgotten) the librarian put it on reserve for him as it was checked out. It's time he had his own copy now that the days are cooling off and we're knitting again! He absolutely adores this book :) He said he wants his next sweater to be the same color as one of the sheep's. This book has undoubtedly made an impression on him.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From Sheep to Sweater and back to Sheep Oct. 21 2001
By Annamaria Basile - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is just wonderful. My 3 year-olds love it. It's silly and entertaining and also educational. If anyone in your family is a knitter, spinner or weaver buy it for them (no matter how old they are). It's a great book for grandparents who knit, etc. to share with little ones.In this time when we are more and more removed from the land this book does a great job of showing children how the sweater came to be on their back. You just can't go wrong with this one.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Farmer Brown Teaches Us Again Sept. 28 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Not only is our favorite farmer up to many new adventures--this time fighting with sheep shearing, but this book is a great way to introduce young readers to the literary term "onomatopoeia". With the buzzes, clips, and host of animal noises, the term can be easily explained with a favorite character. This book shares what I love about all Teri Sloat's books, they are well written with great imagery and the pictures are excellent!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love love love this book! Nov. 7 2012
By faithy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I got this based on the fact that I love nearly all the books that Nadine Westcott has illustrated. I love the book even more than I expected.

My 2 year old and I adore this book. The story is charming. I think it's great that the farmer is so concerned for his sheep when they get cold. We need picture books where men have feelings and act considerately, too!

The rhymes and use of onomonopia are perfect. We just read this book again last night after putting it away for a few weeks, and my daughter said "twist, hum, twist hum" when we got to the spinning wheel page. To me, that says it all. She is interested enough to remember those words.
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