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3.93  ·  Rating details ·  1,316 ratings  ·  206 reviews
The sheep closed in around him like a big, woolly blanket. The
puppy had never been so scared or so excited in his life. Soon
he was racing, feinting, dodging - learning what it means to be
one of the proud breed of Border collies, the finest sheepherders
in the world. Then, almost overnight, his life is turned upside
down. He finds himself in a series of strange places, with n
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published March 21st 2006 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Sep 21, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fourth/Fifth Graders
Recommended to Shannon by: Nominee of the California Young Reader Medal
I read this book aloud to my students. This book is in first person from the dog's perspective. It is a bit heavier than you might think. Most of the book is very sad, as you would expect from a book about a homeless dog. The students seemed to enjoy it, and the ending is quite wonderful. I would recommend it to children in fourth or fifth grade who are wanting something with more depth.

My students just voted this book their favorite of the books nominated for the California Young Reader Award.
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is charming. Written from a dog's perspective, a dog who only wants to herd sheep, it is a tale of perserverance and friendship. Recommended for anyone young or young at heart.
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh February school read-a-thon, how do I love thee? My son gets really into the competition and reads every minute he can spare. And when he gets tired, then he lets me read to him. We read for about an hour a day and he's snuggled up with me in our favorite spot and it's just the best ever. Why do little boys have to grow up?

We've read all the Battle of the Books and this was in our top three. It's a sweet story and this pup is very insightful. I like how this book is written in the dog's voic
Levi Mohr
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is a bout a dog who is separated from his family and his sheep. This is a very good book. The author did a good job of making it interesting but not too long and boring. I liked how I could understand what was happening and I also liked the story line. I did not like how some parts that could have been more detailed were not. I also did not like how there were two large spots that lacked suspense. But the ending was pretty good. I think the author did a great job and its a great book.
Ryan Callahan
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I liked how happy it was at the beginning, towards the middle it turns out so, so sad. I did not quite like the middle. But at the end it turned happy again.
the book hugger
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
It expressed hope and adventure as a dog with a purpose and a mission. Who learns how to love and live life the best way possible.
Amanda Yeargin
I decided to read Sheep as a IR Book. Basically this sheep dog has the most wonderful home until he hears rumors about selling. He doesnt know what that is at first but he soon will find out. All he does is want to go home. He finds himself wondering cities and getting new names but still trying to find his old home. Do you think he will ever find a right home or the one he got sold from. Read the book to find out.
One connection i have is a text-to-world connection. I have this connection beca
Sep 05, 2008 rated it liked it
This is a cleverly written, pleasant journey of a knocked-around border collie. The first-person voice actually sounds like one of this breed! I've read it aloud to two of my children's school classes. Every child was captivated and entertained, all the while relating to the poor dog's circumstances. I think it was a great way to bring themes of abandonment, disappointment, hope, shame, ridicule, love, and family, down to the level of young children - who certainly feel those emotions, even if t ...more
Tiffany Chung
Mar 30, 2010 rated it liked it
Jack just ran away from the circus fire. He ran and ran. Jack saved a boy's life. Luke the boy gave jack a piece of pizza and they went to Luke's house. Luke is an orphan. If I was jack I would be happy that I escaped from the cruel circus owner. I would also feel happy for Luke, because Jack saved Lukes life.
Caitlin Vaille
Jun 22, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a super cute book, but I couldn't take it completely seriously since it is written from the perspective of a dog. That is the point of course. It's definitely more of a children's book, so it was quite easy to read. I liked it, but it didn't blow my socks off by any means
10-11 Jonathan
Sep 10, 2010 rated it liked it
The book sheep was a kind of sad and funny. I recomend this book to all that like funny and sad books.
Jenna Weaver
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Baley Westberg
Sheep tells the tale of a sheep herding border collie named Jack. The story is narrated by Jack as he tells his story. Jack is forced to flee his ranch when a lightning strike causes a fire. After leaving the ranch, Jack bounces between shelters, foster parents, and even the circus while dealing with all kinds of confusion and abuse. All Jack can hope for throughout his journey is that one day he may be able to go back to his favorite pastime of herding sheep. I would recommend this book for upp ...more
Aubrey Miller
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sheep is a heartwarming story about a dog who travels from owner to owner in an attempt to find his forever home. The dog, Jack, lives on a farm with his family and owners before they are forced to get rid of him and the other puppies, and Jack is left on his own when he is separated from the rest of the dogs. Jack has to deal with some difficult, and even abusive owners, as well as some nice ones. Jack goes through many owners before finding the boy he was meant to be with. Told from the dog’s ...more
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Another BOB book off the list. Since it was on the BOB list I just grabbed it and started reading. I was wildly disappointed to find that the narrator was a dob.

I'm just not a fan of books from an animal's perspective. I couldn't get into this at all and just wanted it to end.

Jack tells about being taken from his home on a sheep ranch to a pet store. He's bought by a girl that he doesn't like and runs away. Next he meets the Goat Man who teaches him philosophies. Jack works in a circus and mee
Sarah Hamill
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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While this was a cute story it took a lot for me to get my nephew interested in reading it. I don't know if there wasn't enough action or if because it was told from a dogs perspective he just didn't really care about it. It was a fine read and I am glad we finished it, but I am not in a hurry to read more at this time.
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

A very cute, sweet, and moving story, about a dog who dreams of returning to the life of a sheep-dog, and of all the adventures and tough spots that he goes through on the way.
Katherine Kerber
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reading level is good for third grade. The use of "retard" is a little alarming. Good variety, pace and solid end.
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
A liitle diffrent than I thought but great story though.
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Told from the point of view of a homeless dog and the different people he encounters. Near the end he finds a boy in need of a friend, is he able to help the boy find his destiny?
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a wonderful read-a-loud book that my 9 year old and I enjoyed very much. Very heart warming and sweet- especially if you have a beloved furry friend in your family.
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
A feel good book by the end, especially
Noah Wilcox
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this book it was so good it made me cry and thanks to this book I learned a new dog bread (Another thing to ask my mom and dad about).
Haley B
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was different from what I usually read. It was short but sweet. I love dogs so this book was interesting and kept me reading. I would recommend this to a friend, any day! :)
Caitlin Tyo
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it
A journey through the eyes of a stray pup!
Pat Knight
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
An engaging book about a Border Collie from his point of view.
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book has a very unexpected twist that will throw the audience off!
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
(Fiction, Children's Chapter)

This chapter book for older children and adults, that tells the tale of a homeless border collie (his sheep farm burned) looking for a home, and an orphan, will pull your heart-strings.

It’s told from the point of view (mostly, as I remember) of the dog.

A great story that I’d like to read to my grandchildren.

There is a sequel called Wolf, which I’ve added to my reading list.

4 stars
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Valerie Hobbs is the author of many award winning novels for young adults including Sonnys War, Tender, and How Far Would You Have Gotten If I Hadnt Called You Back, for which she was designated a Flying Start author by Publishers Weekly in 1996. Hobbs was the winner of the 1999 PEN/Norma Klein award for an emerging voice of literary merit among American writers of childrens fiction and the Arizon ...more
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