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Beep! Beep! Sheep in a jeep on a hill that’s steep.
Sheep in a Jeep is well loved by the preschool and early-reader sets for its slapstick story of five sheep (in a jeep) and silly sound effects—especially when the jeep goes splash and thud in the mud! Nancy Shaw’s rollicking rhymes are Seuss-snappy, and Margot Apple’s appealing pencil illustrations are expressive and hilar
Board Book, 26 pages
Published August 25th 1997 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1986)
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This is one of few books able to transcend the inadequacies of human communication. It explores profound spiritual journey, deep loss, personal transformation, and bitter disillusionment. It challenges and critically analyzes society as we know it. This book embarks upon an exploration of the range of human emotion, and challenges the resilience of the spirit of humanity.
Lillian Angelovic
A long-time favorite, this was a repeat request read when my kids were leetle ones. (P.S. to those who think the subject matter might be disturbing: Unless they suffer from car-accident-induced PTSD, kids aren't bothered by the likes of jeeps crashing in picture books. They don't have the life experience to make the negative connection, so it's just funny to them. Toy cars crash all the time without disastrous consequences. It's the adults who might have problems with that sort of thing, and loo ...more
Brice Sainsbury
This book first caught my eye because of the red Jeep on the cover, owning a similar jeep I dove head first into this mind boggling 32 page masterpiece thinking it would help with the sheep like noises coming from my jeep. I learned all too quick that this book was well beyond my age when I failed to realize that sheep cannot drive a jeep! The artistic factor in this book is well below sub-par, I think I could have drawn better in an ambien induced coma. I am not sure who the author was trying t ...more
A current favorite of my son's-we're reading it nightly at the moment. We read a lot of children's books, and sometimes I post them here, if they are really noteworthy. We love everything about this book! The illustrations of the sheep really convey the emotions they're experiencing as they completely screw up their attempts at driving their jeep for the first time. They're really funny, and my 4 year old loves them. The story is funny too, and is told in simple couplets that are easy to memoriz ...more
My son has autism and although he is 10 he likes younger books that he can read successfully himself. This one also has many words with 'S' so it provides good practice for his speech!
"Beep! Beep! Sheep in a jeep on a hill that's steep."
This story, much like the jeep, gathers momentum from page one. When five foolish sheep cram into one jeep, their high spirits and occasional lack of foresight (like forgetting to steer) combine to make a riotous, if ill-fated, road trip. Plummeting over a hill, tumbling into a mud puddle, yelping for help, these muttonheads just can't get their act together, much to the delight of young readers.
Nancy Shaw's Seussian rhymes are guara
Holly Hardwick
Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw and illustrated by Margot Apple is an average rhyming book for children. It is very predictable in its rhyming pattern and would be good for teaching students pattern and rhyme, but other than that I did not find it particularly interesting. Children would probably love hearing a story about the antics of sheep driving a jeep and subsequently getting it stuck in mud, having to push it up a hill, and crashing to pieces since these are not things that barnyard animal ...more
Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy E. Shaw is the first in Shaw's Sheep series. Five silly sheep rhyme their way through a totally unsuccessful drive.

Sheep push the stalled jeep so that it gets stuck in mud. They are assisted by stong pigs, but crash into a tree. Sheep then try to sell the wrecked jeep!

This story features a rhyming text, a large, bold font, about fifty words, and lots of repetition making it work well as a beginning reader. The small pictures make this a best bet for reading to a few chil
Good beginner's book because of the repeated words and the use of rhyme. Cute illustrations with detail should the young reader care to look further than the obvious action presented. I like the story, too.

3/28/11 Another one with toddler potential! Especially as we have a nice big board book version. We'll see how it goes.

4/14/11 This worked even better in toddler storytime than I would have expected. Those who were familiar with it were so excited to have it read to them. And others were compl
Oct 30, 2009 Liz rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 3 years old - 7 years old
Shelves: lis-565
I love this silly rhyming book! It was one of my favorites when I was a kid, I learned to read with this book. A bunch of sheep in a jeep get stuck, they all jump out to push and it ends up in the mud. With the help of some friendly pigs they get out only to crash in to a tree! This doomed road trip is made even more hilarious by the colored pencil illustrations. The facial on the sheep are priceless! The sing-songy words make it easy for young kids to follow and they will soon know the book by ...more
Diana Garcia
This book seems to be more fit for the little ones. It's a fun rhyming book and uses a lot of repitition. Children will definitely be repeating the words. It's a funny story that they'd love to hear because it's about sheep having muddy fun. It also portrays some team work and how it's okay to ask for help when you get really really stuck in situations. There were examples of onomatopoeias within the text which are great for sound effects to get them engaged. There's a lot of action going on whi ...more
Laura Metts
Sheep in a Jeep

I found the book Sheep in a Jeep to be engaging. The illustrations of the sheep really convey the emotions they're experiencing as they try to drive the jeep and screw up with every attempt. The rhymes through out the book will keep the children engaged as well. I thought that the large print, rhyming text, and repetition would be great for young readers to begin reading with. This book has good vocabulary that children may not be familiar with, example cheap, steep, and steer.


The sheep are adorable. Funny story and what child would not want to hear it told over and over. It is a very good poem, all lines rhymes. Children could very quickly tell the story by looking at the great expressive pictures.

Ask the children to find the words that rhyme, example:cheer, steer, dear
heap, sweep, heap

A good opportunity to point out that words do not have to be spelled the same way to rhyme.
Ask the children to think of other animals and words that rhyme with these animals,example:
I really enjoy reading this book to my toddler, for whom it is a favourite. I would definitely recommend it from about a year old. The story is fun, the rhyming is clever, and it's not too painful to read over and over and over.

The only down sides - I do wish the bird appeared on every page as my toddler likes to hunt for it.

She loves the book so much - she takes it to bed with her and I almost go running when I hear 'uh oh!' 'oh no!' yelled at the top of her lungs, it takes me a moment to reali
Necole Penn
This is a great book with a lot of animation and sounds. The sheeps showed how to not give up and work as a team. Children should always learn those skills within a classroom and also as an adult. The way the words rhythm shows children how to rhythm and make up thier own. Poetry is important for young children to learn and carry on throughout their stages of development. Having the ablitity to rhythm or be able to think about words that are pairs is the first step to creative thinking. Children ...more
Sheep in a Jeep is a cute little story about sheep going on a trip in a jeep. Along the way they struggle to get up a hill and then when they reach the top, the jeep gets out of their hands and rolls down getting stuck in the mud. The sheep try to push and pull the jeep out together and eventually call for help. Some pigs come help them out and get the jeep out of the mud. The sheep are so excited that they forgot to have someone steer the jeep, and they end up crashing. In the end they work tog ...more
I rated Sheep in a Jeep as just OK. While the story of the mischievous sheep taking an adventurous ride in a Jeep and illustrations were both well intentioned, to me, they were not well coordinated and did not provide as good of a beginning to the story as they could have. The story does involve a car wreck that might be disturbing to some children. I did find the artist's illustrations unique in the medium used.

Learning Extension: Pre-school children and early readers would enjoy the easy readi
Romanus Elangwe
OVERVIEW: (Nancy E. Shaw)

Nancy was born in 1946 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA. She received her A.B. with High Distinction and Highest Honors in English from the University of Michigan, where she was named to Phi Beta Kappa and was a winner of the presgigious Hopwood Award. She reeived her M.A.T. from Harvard University. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband and two children, Allison and Danny. "Sheep in a Jeep," is her first picture book.
Beep! Beep! Sheep in a jeep on a hill that’s steep.
Sheep in a Jeep is well loved by the preschool and early-reader sets for its slapstick story of five sheep (in a jeep) and silly sound effects—especially when the jeep goes splash and thud in the mud! Nancy Shaw’s rollicking rhymes are Seuss-snappy, and Margot Apple’s appealing pencil illustrations are expressive and hilarious.

Preschool and special ed worthy entertainment. Fun little read aloud.
Tanya Bornstein
This is a silly book with a lot of alliteration and vocabulary, such as, beep, splash, thud, steep, leap, grunt, gooey, tug, shrug, yelp, heap, and weep. What a mess the sheep got themselves into! This is a great book to show children that even if you get yourself into a mess everything will work out.

L.E: The children can go to the sand table and dig to find the jeep in the dirt. The children will work together to retrieve the jeep.
Alyssa Edgley
This book was totally silly. But, overall a good book. It's big so it's easier for little children to hold. This book is better for beginning readers, they'll look at the pictures more than reading. This book is more for fun.

LE: I would have cardboard boxes in the shape of jeeps for two children each to sit in while we read the story. There could be noises or items added that fit the story so children can read along.
Sujeewa Ranasinghe
Beep! Beep! Sheep in a Jeep is a simple and really funny story book for young children to learn how to read. Children will love to read this rhyming book over and over because rhymes are easy to remember. These rhyming words help children to learn how to make different words using syllables and sounds. Illustrations are very detailed and young children can understand the story easily and enjoy it.
I think that young children will enjoy this quick moving adventure, because anything that can happen seems to happen to these "wild jeep sheep riders!" There are many new ways that children can
learn to express themselves by listening to the words in the story. The illustrations are very expressive and allow adults an amazing way to share a children's book with the class.


For an activity, the children can act out the story of the sheep and all of the adventures that occur. They can prete
Bryonna Potter
This book is a good rhyming and pattern book for young children. It also has a lot of vivid sound effects and expressions through out the book. The rhyming can be a little tricky at times but it is a good book to read to a children.

Learning Experience: I would have the children find their own rhyming words and chart some of them.
Great book, funny, silly, nice illustrations. There are many rhyming words. The sheep get into everything and things happen because of not paying attention.

L.E. ~ Have children come up with their own rhyming words. Have small groups (1@ a time) go around the classroom to see if they find in objects in the classroom that rhyme.
Donna Smith
A book of rhymes. These adventurous sheep's are busy bodies that never think before they react. This book will allow children to explore; how, why, where and when. What will these sheep get into next on their ventures. This book will get the wheels turning as to what may happen next.
I love the imagination of this author.
Oct 23, 2011 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: beginning readers and parents reading with them
Shelves: 2011, childrens, rhyming
We listened to this book being narrated by Jane Staab on audiocassette while we followed along with the book. The short, rhyming narrative and the colorful illustrations are great for beginning readers and help them focus on learning the -eep/-eap sound in particular. Our youngest really liked this book.

We will certainly look for more of the books in the series by Nancy E. Shaw and Margot Apple at our local library.
Violet Lewis
The illustrations in this book are in such a way that children can look at the book and tell what is going on in the story. The words are few and simple and children who are familiar with site words may even be able to read it. The book is filled with relavent position words.It is a fun book that can be read within a few short minutes.

Learning activity:

I read the book one time through so that the children are familar with the book. I will read the book a second time and as a whole group we will
In Nancy Shaw’s Sheep in a Jeep, a flock of sheep drive a jeep. The sheep go up a hill, but the jeep stops working. The sheep push the jeep a little to hard and it ends up in the mud. Then, they tug and shrug, yell for help, until finally, it goes! However, the driver sheep forgets to steer and the jeep crashes into a tree. At the end of this comical story, the sheep are selling their jeep for cheap. This book is very basic, so I would have to recommend it for preschool or kindergarten students ...more
Holly N.
Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy E. Shaw is a short book that is rich with rhyming and onomatopoeia words. The illustrations are not overwhelming but soft and simple. The story itself is silly and includes fun vocabulary that children can explore as they read.
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