Meet the adorable orphan lamb Sweet Pea and discover why her true story has become a picture book phenomenon and enchanted readers of all ages One cold winter night, Sweet Pea the orphan lamb becomes very sick. Everyone in the farmyard is worried about her Under the watchful care of Farmer John, Laddie the sheepdog, and Dr. Read more...
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Meet the adorable orphan lamb Sweet Pea and discover why her true story has become a picture book phenomenon and enchanted readers of all ages One cold winter night, Sweet Pea the orphan lamb becomes very sick. Everyone in the farmyard is worried about her Under the watchful care of Farmer John, Laddie the sheepdog, and Dr. Alison the mobile veterinarian, she slowly recovers. Dr. Alison tells Sweet Pea she can have a sleepover to celebrate as soon as she is well again. When the day finally comes, her closest friends Sunny, Prem, and Violet join her in the greenhouse for a fun and imaginative "SheepOver" celebration. This charming story of caring and friendship by farm owners John and Jennifer Churchman, brought to life with John's entrancing photo-illustrations, will enchant readers young and old. In the words of one of her many fans, "Sweet Pea brings a calming, authentic joy to my life that makes me laugh, cry and gives me hope that all is well in the world. . . . Everyone needs a little Sweet Pea in their lives "
- ISBN-13: 9780316273565
- ISBN-10: 0316273562
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
- Publish Date: December 2015
- Page Count: 44
- Reading Level: Ages 4-8
- Dimensions: 11.1 x 10.1 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.95 pounds
Series: Sweet Pea & Friends
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-02-08
- Reviewer: Staff
Originally self-published and based on animals who live on the Churchmans' Vermont farm, this story opens "way past bedtime" on an icy winter night with Laddie the sheep dog discovering that Sweet Pea the lamb is very sick. The entire farm springs into action; Alison the vet is consulted, and soon Sweet Pea is recovered and ready to celebrate with the party described in the title, complete with leis to wear, yummy snacks, dancing under a disco ball, and a favorite bedtime story. John Churchman's photo-illustrations are gauzy and multi-layered, an impressionistic approach that works well when portraying the late-night emergency or the farm's inhabitants. The pictures feel fussed over and unfocused during the party scenes—there's nothing wild or woolly about the festivities, and the partygoers look sphinxlike and bored—yet the storytelling works. With characters delineated almost solely in terms of their actions (only Laddie emerges as a genuine personality) and a serene, unadorned narrative voice, the Churchmans capture something that feels like a modern-day fairy tale. Ages 3–6. Agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Dec.)