Welcome to Saturday Story Spotlight, where I discuss books my husband and I are reading with our son, Daniel. These are books that he, we, or all of us particularly enjoy.
Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw, illustrated by Margaret Apple
Published by HMH Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Oh, these sheep and their jeep! They are not the most responsible of car owners. First their car stalls, then they push it into a big mud puddle. Finally, when the car has been removed by some friendly pigs, they are so elated that they forget to even steer and crash their jeep once again.
This is perhaps my very favorite book to read to Daniel. I absolutely love Shaw’s rhymes, everything flows perfectly. What I like best about “Sheep in a Jeep,” though is opportunity it gives me for vocal expression. Things start out peachy keen, but before long the sheep are shrugging, leaping, and grunting. It is great fun to read all of these descriptives with the appropriate inflection, plus it provides additional clues, besides simple context, for Daniel to learn this vocabulary. The most fun of all? Daniel definitely understands the book enough to know that unfortunate things are happening. The first word on page 2 is ‘uh oh,’ so he likes to shout that as soon as I flip from page one. He also adds his own commentary of ‘uh oh’ when the jeep ends up in a heap at the end of the book.
So much fun, and great for phonemic awareness. I just became aware when writing this post that there is a whole series of sheep books, where they get on a ship, go to a shop, take a hike. Daniel and I can’t wait to check them out.
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