Friday, February 10, 2012

Perfect Picture Book Fridays: Sheep in a Jeep

Today, I've chosen Sheep in a Jeep for Perfect Picture Book Fridays.

Sheep in a Jeep 
Written by Nancy Shaw
Illustrated by Margot Apple
Houghton Mifflin, 1986

Suitable for: Ages 1 and up

Theme/Topic: Animals, Sheep, Rhyming

Opening: Beep! Beep!
Sheep in a jeep
on a hill that's steep.

Brief Synopsis: A review line from the Boston Globe on the author's website sums it up best: "A rollicking, simple story that never loses its bounce."

Link to Resources: The board book version of the book includes a "Make your very own soft and fluffy sheep!" on the last page. The author Nancy Shaw has a page of activities to go with her books. The Safety activity goes with this book. She has seven sheep books listed on her website. A to Z Teacher Stuff has a Sheep in a Jeep Lesson plan.

Why I chose this book: Enzo's book benefactor Betty Williams gave him this as a Christmas gift. He has received books directly from Mrs. Williams  and indirectly through his cousin Rosa, who is Mrs. Williams' granddaughter. This is a board book, so it makes it sturdy in toddler's hands. The rhyming language is easy and fun.

To find more picture books and resources, visit Susanna Leonard Hill's blog and look for the Perfect Picture Books page.

40 comments:

  1. Hey,

    A MIP... I love it... I'm also working on a memoir, so can I use MIP...? Although I'm co-writing, so does that mean I've a Co-Mip ? :)

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    1. Mark, Yes. It's available to anyone, who is writing a memoir,of course.

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  2. I LOVE this book! It is one of my all-time favorites! I love the last line - "Jeep for sale - CHEAP!" It has such wonderful rhyme that is so fun to read, and entertaining art as well. Great choice, Stacy. Thanks for adding it to our list and great work finding all those wonderful resources!

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    1. And, it's a great example of a low-word count and rhyme.

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  3. I love Sheep in a Jeep and I particularly like how it draws children in to have the adventure alongside them. Just look at that picture, it makes you want to hop in too. Have a lovely weekend Stacy.

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    1. The illustrations are great. Hope you have a great weekend too.

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  4. Now...you know I love a good rhyme! I think I may have read this one years ago when I was teaching. But, I'll have to see if I can get a hold of it to share it with my boys. Great choice, Stacy!

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    1. Natalie - It is a fun rhyme. Might be a good one to bring out before driver's ed too. Lots of different lessons here. :)

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  5. This book is utterly fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love rollicking! Thanks for adding this one, Stac! (((hugs)))

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  6. Sounds perfect for a bouncy little toddler! :)

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  7. This sounds like a barrel of fun. I love rhyme.Thanks for the review.

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  8. I love this one too. It has a fantastic bouncy rhythm to it as well as superb rhyme. This is a great adventure for quite a wide age range of kids.

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    1. Yes. I think it can go higher, because as I mentioned - might be good pre-driver's ed too.

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  9. Stacy, I really like your choice. It sounds like a book kids will laugh and have a lot of fun with. A read again book. Great PPB!

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    1. I think "read again book" is a great description.

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  10. "A rollicking, simple story that never loses its bounce." I love that! Sounds like a delightful book that is fun for little ones. Have a great weekend Stacy!

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  11. This book looks like it would be perfect for my two little ones. And what a big hit it is with some of your followers too, based on their comments. It's now on my list. Thanks Stacy :)

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    1. Jennifer, This book is a keeper and has delighted children for decades, as you can see by the comments.

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  12. Rhyme and rhythm in picture books must be be weaved in seamlessly and should never be forced. Glad to hear SHEEP IN A JEEP succeeds in both techniques. Will have to check it out.

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  13. Blessy, Yes. This is a rhyming book that deserved to be published. I can't say that about all the rhymes I've read, but this one yes.

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  14. Rhyming and sheep! You can't go wrong with that. Love it!

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    1. Nope. It's hard to go wrong with this combo.

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  15. Rhyming in a board book. Perfect for toddles. Their attention is short and rhyme with rhythm keeps it longer. Board books are sturdier in their little hands so you don't have to be afraid that by them holding it, it'll rip. Perfect Picture Book selection I think, Stacy. Thanks for this selection. :)

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    1. Board books work best at this age/stage in our family's life. We have regular hardcovers too, but we also keep tape close by in case there's an "Uh Oh!"

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  16. I love it. I feel like I've seen some other sheep books by the same author?

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  17. Who wouldn't love Beep Beep! Sheep in a Jeep! On a Hill that's Steep?!? ;) Great pick!

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  18. Great choice, Stacy!
    It sounds like just the perfect book to charm and distract a toddler who is getting fussy...and the rhyme would be enjoyed by preschoolers as well! I'll have to check out the series and the resources.

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    1. Yes. It's fun to have more books with sheep.

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  19. Oh, Sheep in a Jeep! How many times I have read this one to my dudes. Nice choice!

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  20. So many people love this book! Thanks for adding it to the list.

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    1. I enjoy stories that have served many children.

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  21. Great choice. I love bouncy stories. :)



    Claudine
    http://www.carryusoffbooks.com/blog.html

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    1. Yes and there are opportunities to bounce while reading it too.

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  22. What a cute book. Looks like it will be fun to read.

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    1. My would give it a thumbs up in the reading department, if I would just train him how to do this.

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  23. a great choice for emergent readers!

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