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Woolbur
by Leslie Helakoski and Harper Lee


Overview -

Woolbur's list of Do's and Don'ts:

DO express yourself creatively...
DON'T worry if you weave your forelock into a pot holder

DO march to your own beat...
DON'T worry when Maa and Paa tell you to stay with the herd

DO be bold and brave...  Read more...


 
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More About Woolbur by Leslie Helakoski; Harper Lee
 
 
 
Overview

Woolbur's list of Do's and Don'ts:

DO express yourself creatively...
DON'T worry if you weave your forelock into a pot holder

DO march to your own beat...
DON'T worry when Maa and Paa tell you to stay with the herd

DO be bold and brave...
DON'T be afraid to BE YOURSELF

Woolbur is not like other sheep. He hangs out with wild dogs, cards his own wool to avoid the shearing barn, and even dyes his wool blue. "Don't worry " says Grandpaa when Maa and Paa fret that Woolbur is different. But when they tell their son to follow the flock, the opposite happens--the flock follows him Soon everyone is copying his wild hairstyles and taking turns on the spinning wheel. Leave it to Woolbur to find a new way to step ahead of the herd.

Spunky, funky, and refreshingly distinct, Woolbur will strike a chord with anyone who's ever felt different. And that's all of us


 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780060847265
  • ISBN-10: 0060847263
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publish Date: January 2008
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8
  • Dimensions: 11.18 x 9.38 x 0.38 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.91 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Farm Animals

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 54.
  • Review Date: 2007-12-10
  • Reviewer: Staff

In a fresh variation on the theme of marching to the beat of a different drummer, Helakoski (Big Chickens Fly the Coop, see Notes, below) presents Woolbur, a lamb with unique ideas. A series of linguistically similar episodes takes children through the process of how a sheep’s wool is shorn, carded, spun, dyed and woven to make cloth—and at each step Woolbur demurs. “I don’t want to shear [or card or spin] my wool,” he says, and after his parents give him a reason they think he can’t refute, he repeats the line, “I know... isn’t it great?” Debut artist Harper’s quirky illustrations picture Maa and Paa pulling their wool (instead of their hair) every night as Woolbur’s Grandpaa advises them to relax. By story’s end all the other lambs copy Woolbur—carding their own wool and experimenting with color—until his dumbfounded parents fret that they won’t be able to find their distinctive son. Grandpaa says, “Don’t worry,” and the reader sees Woolbur inventing knitting. Harper meets the challenge of conceiving new ways to illustrate the patterned repetitions of the story, even if his characters are sometimes static, while Helakoski capitalizes on Woolbur’s enthusiasm despite the predictable outcomes of the similar scenes. Children will relish Woolbur’s ability to pull the wool over his parents’ objections. Ages 3-6. (Jan.)

 
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