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The Day The Sheep Showed Up

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  34 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
In this funny story with an important message by popular author and artist David McPhail, barnyard animals discover how they are alike and how they are different from a new animal on the farm.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by Cartwheel (first published 1998)
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Brian Barnett
Mar 27, 2014 Brian Barnett rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
This is a good book for beginning readers. The language is simple and throughout it compares and contrasts farm animals (ex: some have two legs with webbed feet, some have four legs and eat clover, etc.).
Julia Jasztal
Jan 25, 2013 Julia Jasztal rated it it was ok
Mommy's review from 12/5/11 -

This has already been explained so I won't go into it. It's all very simple anyway and would be overly repetitive if it weren't for the different animals and the small details on each.
For us this was only good because Julia read most of it herself. Most of the words are great for beginner to intermediate readers and my daughter, at 6, is just getting to where she wants to do more reading and less listening.
If yours is the same I'd say this is a good one to get.
When the sheep shows up, the other animals in the barnyard try to figure out what kind of animal he is. They compare their own features and sounds to his (he doesn't have webbed feet, so can't be a duck or a goose, but he is white like they are.) Good for farm storytimes or for discussion of like and different, as it includes ways the animals are alike and ways they are different (not just one or the other). Fun illustrations by David McPhail. Wish this one was still in print!
Elizabeth S
Aug 21, 2011 Elizabeth S rated it really liked it
Shelves: c-beginner
Basically, this is a fun and silly book. The kids enjoy laughing at the confusion of the barn animals. And the kids enjoy helping them know the REAL answers. You can really read and laugh with this one.

If you want to, you could also spend time specifically talking about how, just like the farm animals, people are the same and different all at once.
Muse Here
Feb 21, 2012 Muse Here rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
Cute story, the sheep comes to a farm with clueless animals and each one tries to figure out what type of animal it is, by comparing it to the other animals. Thankfully though, the sheep knows what kind of animal it is and can set everyone straight. I liked the comparisons and how silly the other animals are.
Jun 04, 2011 Rachel rated it it was amazing
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Not actually an amazing story or anything, but the teacher in me kept thinking "this would be great for teaching Venn Diagrams - I have to remember this book." So here's where I'm remembering it!
Apr 16, 2008 Karl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not particularly interesting in any particular way.
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David was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts and attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. While there, he began illustrating. He is now an award-winning author and illustrator of nearly 200 books beloved by children, parents and librarians across the United States. McPhail has garnered many prestigious awards, including a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year ...more
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