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4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  598 Ratings  ·  156 Reviews
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 ev
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 2nd 2008 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2008)
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Jun 02, 2012 Juli rated it it was amazing
Audience: While at first glance this book seems geared toward the Pre-K through 3 crowd, I am pretty sure it would be well received by kids of any age - and grown ups too! Because of the great story it will be appealing to reluctant readers and kids who don't think it is cool to read. It is great for boys and girls. (Personal opinion: I loved this book!)

Appeal: This is a great book to help teach a lesson on individuality, the importance of being yourself, and not to worry too much about fitting
Sep 16, 2009 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Woolbur makes me smile! :-) The illustrations are SO funny and charming and the story conveys an important message. Woolbur is the ultimate "black sheep" non-conformist, much to his parents' chagrin. Why can't he behave like all the other sheep? Woolbur loves to do make everything he does his very own. Wise Grandpaa reminds Maa and Paa not to worry (LOVE Grandpaa!) In the end, Wollbur finds his own way to "fit in" with the rest of the flock.
Mar 11, 2010 babyhippoface rated it really liked it
This book would've gotten a full 5 stars from me, were it not for one thing.... (I'll tell ya later.)

Has there ever been a sheep cuter than Woolbur? The answer: no. Definitely the cutest ever. His refrain of, "I know! Isn't it great?" is entirely adorable and spunky.

Woolbur doesn't do the things sheep are supposed to do--at least not in the way the other sheep do them. When he cards his own wool, he cards it while he's still wearing it! When they dye wool, he dyes himself! When they weave, he we
Julie Bihn
Jan 25, 2013 Julie Bihn rated it really liked it
Cute story about being yourself...and for the parents, a bit of a "careful what you wish for" as well.
Jun 02, 2011 Rachel rated it liked it
Good message, but the story and illustrations lack flair.
April Thompson
Apr 07, 2015 April Thompson rated it really liked it
Expression is everything. Isn't it great?!
Jan 20, 2008 Betsy rated it it was amazing
Basically, Maa and Paa would have preferred a conformist. What they got instead was Woolbur. Woolbur is a sheep that has his own way of doing things. While all the others card the wool set before them, Woolbur cards the wool that's still on his body. If others are spinning wool in front of a spinning wheel, he's riding it. If they're shorn, he's wooly and free. And every time his parents point out that he's not doing what everyone else is, his reaction is, "I know! Isn't that great?" Grandpaa ...more
Claudia Naranjo
A story about being yourself
Michelle Murphy
Oct 04, 2012 Michelle Murphy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Parents, teachers, beginning readers, anybody who has ever felt a little different!
Recommended to Michelle by: My teacher's digital bookshelf
Wow, is this book cute! I smiled throughout the entire story! Appealing to any being--human or animal--who has ever felt a little different, "Woolbur" is packed with humor, heart and warm fuzzies. A great read for beginners and perfect for the classroom; "Woolbur" spreads a wonderful message. Woolbur, the main character, is an offbeat sheep of his own herd who would rather run with the dogs, skip out on shearing, experiment with coloring his own wool and more! Woolbur is happy just as he is, ...more
Becky B
Woolbur's parents are in danger of pulling out all their wool. Woolbur continually comes home with notes from his teacher saying Woolbur hasn't done things quite the way he was supposed to. Grandpaa keeps telling Maa and Paa not to worry, Woolbur will be fine. Finally, they've had it and tell Woolbur he needs to do things the way the rest of the class does. Woolbur agrees, but the result is NOT what anyone foresaw (except for possibly Grandpaa).

The twist at the end of this book was hilarious. (v
Amy Forrester
May 09, 2012 Amy Forrester rated it it was amazing
Woolbur isn’t like the other sheep in the flock and his parents are very worried. He runs with the herding dogs instead of the sheep. He rides on the spinning wheel instead of spinning wool. He dyes himself blue, instead of the wool. Even though Grandpaa tells them not to worry, Maa and Paa pull their wool all night long. Finally, Maa and Paa take Woolbur aside and tell him that from now on he will do everything just like everyone else. Dejected and sad, Woolbur thinks all night long to come up ...more
Kimberly Idso
Jan 31, 2016 Kimberly Idso rated it really liked it
Woolbur is a little sheep who loves doing whatever his herd is not. Everyday he is doing something new. Whether he is running with the dogs instead of herding them, keeping his wool instead of shearing it, or carding the wool on his body; his parents are never amused. When asked about his doings, Woolbur always responds, "I know. Isn't it great?" After days of worrying and asking Woolbur's grandfather what to do, Woolbur's parents finally tell Woolbur he must give up his ways and follow the rest ...more
Jenifer Neilsen
Jul 09, 2013 Jenifer Neilsen rated it really liked it
Audience: primary
Genre: fantasy (talking animals)
Golden Sower 2010 Primary Honor

Pre-reading strategy: first lines (students read the beginning sentences from a book and then make predictions) using cadence and repetition

This is a fun story about a sheep named Woolbur who is free spirited and thinks very differently about what he should have to do for his "chores." For each of 6 days Woolbur has a different idea about how he should stay with the flock and shear, card, spin, dye and weave wool unl
Jan 23, 2009 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: sheep, shepherds, nonconformists, and 7 year olds
Since I read Woolbur and fell in love with it, I've given this book to three kids and bought a copy for myself. I have also begun answering all criticisms of myself with, "I know, isn't it great!"

Having a positive attitude is good.
We should let people be who they are, even if we don't understand them.
If told that you must run with the flock, teach the flock to be something you are willing to run with.
Don't worry so much (Maa and Paa nearly worry themselves bald.)
It's GREAT to be different.
The be
Feb 21, 2008 Tasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Woolbur is his own sheep. He wants to run with the dogs, doesn't want to have his wool sheared, experiments with various wool styles, and dyes himself a deep blue. After each experiment, his parents fret and fret, while his Grandpaa tells them not to worry. Finally, his parents reach the end of their patience and insist that he act just like the rest of the flock. Woolbur thinks and thinks about this and comes up with his own rebel solution.

This book is a joy to read aloud. There are refrains fr
Pamela Howard
This is perfect selection to use as a mini-lesson when introducing the idea of diversity for young students. The author choosing to use a sheep that dares to be different goes along with the cliche of the "black sheep". However, this sheep chooses a variety of looks to portray which causes him to be looked upon as the "black sheep", but this story turns that old cliche into something positive. Woolbur choosing to be different and taking the initiative to do things on his own is a perfect model ...more
Apr 19, 2015 Mirrani rated it it was amazing
I read this book often to the children in my class, but I think that adults can get a lot out of it as well. Woolbur is a sheep who is determined to be different from the rest of the flock, which worries his parents who think he needs to be part of the flock because it is what sheep do. Woolbur's Grandpa isn't worried though, he is always the calm voice reminding the others not to worry. When children hear the story they giggle at Woolbur's silly antics but in the end they realize that he isn't ...more
Apr 20, 2012 Diane rated it it was amazing
A sweet book with an important message -- It is okay to be different!

Woolbur is the cutest little sheep who loves trying new and different things, His Maa and Paa worry about him, but Grandpaa tells them not to worry. He likes to run with the wild dogs; he doesn't want to have his wool sheared; he tried to card his own wool which made him look kind of funny, but he liked the way he looked all the same. He also finds out riding on the spinning wheel instead of spinning the wool is a lot more fun.
Sep 23, 2013 Kim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
I love and own this picture book. Woolbur, his worried parents and reassuring grandfather are completely
engaging. The dialogue is snappy and the ending is fabulous. Truly I hope Leslie Helakoski is writing more
books with this free-spirited character. Then you add Lee Harper's illustrations and that dialogue just
completely springs to life.
"Woolbur had a little trouble with the herd today," said Maa.
"What happened?" asked Paa.
"I don't want to stand still with the sheep," said Woolbur. "I
Lisa Vegan
This story is so refreshing because feeling different often concerns children. Here, Wilbur the young sheep with a distinct personality and outlook appreciates who he is. He seems to take after his Grandpaa in this regard. In this story, it’s the parents who are worried that their child is not like all the other sheep, but their fears are eventually assuaged. I love how this story is resolved and the story provides a worthy message about enjoying being oneself and about leadership vs. being ...more
Mar 29, 2014 Carolyn rated it really liked it
A Joy.

The illustrations are so enchanting.

The repetitive nature of the story lends itself to an easy reader for primary children. This is also a book that children will delight in chiming out in chorus during a read aloud. The message is a strong positive one of "walk to the beat of your own drum" instead of "following the herd" (or "be a sheep").

The playful twist on the metaphorical sheep being, well, "sheep" works here in part due to the illustrations. The message is loud and clear "be an indi
Feb 01, 2013 Brianna rated it really liked it
Audience: This book is for primary elementary students. Because of its bright pictures and repeating phrases, I think this book would be best for Kindergarten to 1st graders.

Appeal: I think this book would appeal best to kindergarten to 1st graders because it is a story about being your own person. Children at that age have a hard time following what other kids are doing. This story will teach them that being different is perfectly fine.

Application: I would use this book during a lesson where
Jul 06, 2010 Tonya rated it it was amazing
Since I like to call my son Wilbur the title of this book caught my eye at the library. We checked out the version that came with a CD. Will loved the story and so did I. It's about a sheep who does not follow the flock. He dyes his wool blue, takes a ride on the spinning wheel, weaves his forelock, etc. It is a pattern book. Woolbur does something out of the ordinary, the parents make a comment like "the blue dye will never wash out" and then Woolbur responds with an, "I know, isn't it great?" ...more
Jun 17, 2008 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
I absolutely ADORE this picture book! If I could give it more than 5 stars I would.

Woolbur is a little sheep who doesn't like to do things the way the rest of the pack does. While it causes many sleepless nights for Ma and Pa, Woolbur's answer is always "I know! Isn't it great?" When Ma and Pa finally convince Wollbur there is value in doing things the way everyone else does, Woolbur finds a compromise...he teaches the rest of the pack to do things they way he does them!

Wouldn't our kids be much
Apr 18, 2011 Winta rated it really liked it
Woolbur was different from the other sheep. When his parent's pointed out the things he did differently, Woolbur would reply "I know! Isn't that great?" He enjoyed what he did while his parents worried about their son because he was not acting like the other sheep. When his parents tell him he must follow the flock because that's what sheep do, they end up following him lead. In the end, he is doing something by his choice like what other sheep are supposed to do. Wow, I really like this book ...more
A wonderful story of individuality. The repetitive phrase got a bit winded after the 3rd refrain, but the illustrations were so adorable that you can't help but turn the page to see what Woolbur is up to next. You can't help but fall in love with Woolbur because his free-spirited nature is infectious and so darn cute! In WOOLBUR, the illustrations, by Lee Harper, carried the weight of the story. Author Leslie Helakoski created a nice read-aloud book for story time with a great theme. My favorite ...more
Aug 02, 2012 Alexandra rated it it was amazing
Shelves: text-set
Woolbur is sheep who doesn't follow the flock. Despite his parents' concern, he does things his own way – running with dogs, letting his wool grow, and dying it blue. By marching to the beat of his own drum, he not only doesn’t follow the herd, he leads it. In this story, young readers learn than it’s not only “ok” to be different, “it’s great!” Accompanied by vibrant, humorous illustrations, this book encourages readers to stay true to themselves despite the pressures they feel. It also ...more
Aug 29, 2013 Rachael rated it it was amazing
This book is so cute! It is relatable to anyone who has ever felt a little different. This book is a great book for beginners and perfect for the classroom. Woolbur is a sheep who does anything besides normal. He runs with the dogs instead of the herd, he dyes his wool blue, and rides the spinning wheel instead of spinning wool. His parents become worried when they realize how different Woolbur is, but in the end he teaches everyone a lesson. "Woolbur" shares a wonderful message as it states ...more
Woolbur is a sheep who does not follow the flock. His parent worry about him because he runs with the dogs, cards his own wool and rides the spinning wheel like a carnifal ride! When they tell him he has to behave like everyone else, he thinks about it all night, and the next day has all the sheep running with the dogs! His grandfather is there throughout the story telling everyone not to worry. The artwork is delightful and the message is clear.

I would recommend this book for grades K-2. This w
Monalisa Johnson-brown
This is about a sheep. His name is Woolbur. He was different from the other sheep and his parents new it. Whatever he did his grandmother always told him it would be okay. He did not like to run with the other sheep instead he ran with the dogs. He did not stay with the sheep, shear his wool, card his wool, spin his wool, dye his wool, or weave his wool even though that was what other sheep do. His parents warned him to do the right thing but he decided against it. He instead influenced all the ...more
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