The lamb agrees, and the boy uses the soft wool to make himself a coat, a scarf, some socks, and everything else he needs. But then, he wonders, won't his newly shorn little lamb be cold? In the spirit of cooperation and caring friendship, the boy makes another set of winter clothes for the lamb. Now, they are both warm and ready to face winter together
Young readers will delight in the saturated colors of the illustrations and the classic message of friendship communicated through the whimsical text of Little Lamb, Have You Any Wool?
- ISBN-13: 9781926973142
- ISBN-10: 1926973143
- Publisher: Owlkids
- Publish Date: March 2012
- Page Count: 24
- Reading Level: Ages 3-6
- Dimensions: 8.7 x 8.9 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.75 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-01-23
- Reviewer: Staff
A boy receives a gentle nudge about sharing in a story first published in Spain. The nursery-rhyme lines of the title begin each request, as the boy asks a sheep for wool to keep him warm: “I should make a pair of mittens/ to tuck my hands into./ My fingers are as icy as/ little icicles.” Kono’s woodcutlike illustrations show a dreamy world in which sweaters, hats, yarn, and the sheep itself float through the speculative space of the boy’s mind, drifting across fields of an unwinterly pea-shoot green—there’s no anxiety about the cold in the artwork. His requests continue until the sheep responds in an almost martyrlike tone: “Little friend, if you’re that cold,/ I will let you take my wool.... Shear it all away, from my/ head to my toes.” The boy gets the hint: “Then I realized... I wanted to/ share them with you!/ So here is a sweater/ I have made for you.” The unrhymed verse is a bit chilly in its own right, but it has an incantatory quality that, along with the warm imagery, should draw younger readers. Ages 3–6. (Mar.)