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Ida and the Wool Smugglers
Ida and her family live on an island farm off the west coast of Canada. One busy spring morning, Ida's mother asks her to take some freshly baked bread to their neighbors. Ida's brother thinks she's too young to go alone. She isn't even big enough yet to help with the spring sheep run. But when Ida outsmarts a gang of sheep smugglers, everyone knows she's ready for new res ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 1988 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
(first published 1987)
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We LOVED this story. And while there is a wealth of new age children's picture books depicting children disobeying without consequences (curious george is unreadable for me), this book has such charm! Ida disobeys her parents and doesn't run home to to get help when she spys the smugglers, instead she saves her favorite ewe and two little lambs. Her deed is brave and noble, and she comes to no harm. At any rate, I had to give it four stars instead of five because of the nonchalant disobedience. ...more
Feb 10, 2011 Polly rated it really liked it · review of another edition
We had this when I was a child, and I still enjoy it now. Maybe a little too long for my Preschool Story Time, but I'm happy to reread it all the same!
Sue Ann Alderson was born in New York in 1940 and moved to Vancouver, B.C. in 1967, where she has lived happily ever after. She is a professor in the University of British Columbia's Creative Writing Program and has had 16 books published for children. She also writes poetry for adults which has been published in journals in Canada, Ireland and the United States.