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The Sheep Who Hatched an Egg

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  332 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Lola is proud of her amazing wool. After all, everyone on the farm tells her how beautiful she looks. She spends hours brushing her wool to keep it shiny and silky. Until one day when the weather gets hot, and all the sheep have to get haircuts—including Lola! She’s so upset without her wool that she runs away and hides by herself. And when her wool finally grows back, it’ ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2017 by Albert Whitman Company (first published 2017)
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Ova - Excuse My Reading
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another good one from Gemma Merino. Her illustrations are beautiful. There is lots to take from the story of Lola the sheep, who gives up her silky, pretty fur for much better things!
Jennifer B.
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very sweet. Teaches kids that appearances aren't as important as relationships.
Lesson learned: if you get a haircut, your hair will look terrible when it grows back.
Mar 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-alena
Gemma Merino is one of my favorites. I like her illustration style. This one has a good message about self acceptance and how helping others can help.
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hooray for crazy, messy hair!
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture
A fun book dealing with pride, when Lola the sheep realizes looks are not everything. Lola finds out life can be more colorful and interesting when you don't exactly care about your looks.

The illustrations are very colorful and the animal characters have great expressions on their faces. There is a lot for little ones to look at on each page without being overwhelming.

Is it just pure coincidence that the author's last name is Merino and this book is about a sheep??
Apr 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommended to Lance by: Baby Adam
"Lola loved the chick's colourful feathers and its beautiful songs. And the chick loved Lola's kindness and her very messy wool."

My husband Baby Adam pointed this out in the local library, and when we brought it home and read it, all my expectations were exceeded. The illustrations are original and sophisticated, and the moral behind the story is wonderfully gentle. Strongly recommended.
This is the story of Lola, a fabulous sheep whose sleek wool gives her a lot of confidence and looks like a de
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My kids love this book. Lola is a bit too proud of her extraordinary wool. She excludes everyone in favor of brushing it over and over, proud the other sheep think it's beautiful. Then she gets the inevitable shaving and goes off to pout and wait for it to grow back. Quite unexpectedly she becomes the caretaker and friend of a bird who happens to love her messy tangled wool as a place to keep warm. Eventually Lola forgets about having the gorgeous wool and looks forward to having more and more o ...more
Rose English
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Book 20 of my Goodreads Challenge 2019

'Lola the sheep had extraordinary wool, it was shiny, it was silky, it was soft, and it never, ever tangled.'

Lola is very proud and happy of the way she looks, but then come summer all the sheep have a hair cut and Lola feels ridiculous and hides herself away. All she wants is to have her beautiful wool back.

Oh yes it does come back, but it is all wild, messy and tangled so she keeps herself away from the others. Whilst resting below a tree an egg falls fro
Villain E
Sep 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Not sure how I feel about this one. Lola the sheep had perfect straight hair. Then she gets sheered and the hair grows back scraggly. She hates it. She doesn't notice when an egg falls on her head. The baby bird hatches and makes itself a nest on her head. She bonds with the baby bird. The bird grows up and flies away. The next time she's sheered Lola hopes her wool grows back scraggly to be home for the next generation of birds.

I have unmanageably curly hair, so the beginning bit about perfectl
Juliana Lee
Lola was very proud of her beautiful silky hair. She combed it and brushed it. Everyone admired her hair. Then one day Dog took all the sheep to get a haircut. It was nice and cool, but Lola did not like her new haircut. She looked just like everyone else. So Lola went off by herself until her hair grew back. But her hair did not grow back nice and silky like before, now it was thick and tangled. It was so thick, Lola didn't feel an egg fall on her head. The next day the egg hatched, and Lola an ...more
Stefanie Burns
Aug 04, 2017 rated it liked it
A very vain sheep, Lola, loves her fur. She takes very good care of it. When all the sheep have to have a haircut she is upset. She goes to the meadow to wait for it to grow back. However, she's horrified when it does grow back. It's unruly and tangled. She is upset and stays out in the meadow. During one of these nights an egg falls onto her wool. She doesn't even notice. She does notice when the egg hatches into a chick and she has a chick on her head! Lola thinks the chick is beautiful and th ...more
Suzanne Kunz Williams
I love this book that to me seemed to illustrate that there are more important things than how you look.

** Talking Points - What do you think is your most beautiful feature? How much time do you spend on grooming? How have you looked different at different times of your life? What is more important to you than how you look? Our looks change over our lives from when we are young to when we are adolescent, to when we are young adult, to when we are in our 30's, 40's, 50's, 70's and beyond, how hav
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
What happens when the thing a sheep is most proud of disappears? It takes a little while to understand that good can come, but it does in this delightful story of a sheep who regrets his unruly hair, but is happy when he hatches an egg in that soft nest. Making friends with an unexpected creature (or person) turns out well, and perhaps children will learn from this soft-spoken story from Gemma Merino. Her fun, colorful and scribbly pictures fit the whimsy. It’s terrific.
Jan 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The book begins with a sheep focused on her silky smooth wool. After sheering time, she separates herself because she doesn't have her pretty wool. When it grows in, it's wild and curly. By accident, she helps hatch a bird's egg on her head. Lola learns that outward appearance is not the most important part of life.
May 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-50-stars
3.5 stars With Gemma Merino it is hit and miss! Some I really like and some that are just "ok" This one was somewhere in the middle! A book about vanity, and kindness, and being happy with what you have! I love the pictures and the story is pretty good as well!
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
A fun tale about Lola who learns she can feel proud and happy even when she isn’t perfect or beautiful because kindness and friendship is much more important than having the best hairdo. The animal characters have well-done expressive faces.
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm hovering between 4 and 5 stars but I'll give it 5 on goodreads :)

Very sweet story about Lola, a rather vain sheep, who realizes that she doesn't need her looks in order to have friends. Lola learns that it's better to do good than to *look* good.
The Brothers
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: eggs, birds, sheep, vanity
One sheep was very proud of her luxurious wool and runs away the day the sheep are supposed to be sheared. Out in the "wild" her hair grows so wild that she doesn't even notice an egg has fallen on her head until a chick hatches out of it.

Illustrations are fun.
Christina Reid
Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Another beautifully-illustrated book from Gemma Marino, this one follows a sheep who is very proud of her silky wool, until she realizes that there are things more important that looks when letting her wool grow out of control provides space for an egg to hatch.
May 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Has the same effect as Merino's "The Cow Who Climbed a Tree" (it's ok to be different/not perfect), but I liked the cow's story better.
Same cute illustrations.
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
A lovely book about turning pomposity (a sheep loving and boasting about her wool too much) into purpose (her now ugly wool that has become a nesting place for eggs and baby birds).
The kindergarteners liked the story. I dislike society's judgment that wild hair is something to be tamed, rather than appreciated, so I liked that the sheep ended up loving her wild and wooly coat.
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very unique and sweet story!
Aug 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
My favorite Gemma Merino book will always be The Crocodile Who Didn't Like Water, but this story of a sheep who discovers there's more to life than having the most beautiful wool, is also charming.
Viviane Elbee
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Funny book with a message about beauty and friendships.

Kids requested a re-read.
Michelle (FabBookReviews)
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it

I loved Gemma Merino's books...artwork, stories, everything. Always a delight to read Merino's books, and The Sheep Who Hatched An Egg is another lovely, fun one from the author-illustrator.
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
For those who struggle with so called "bad" hair, this is a little gem. What better than the joy of discovering that one's hair is simply beautiful as it is. Well done.
Goshen PL Childrens
Read at Storytime, November 8th
Theme: Miss Tina's new favorites
Patricia Gmitrovic
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spring, animals
Nothing like a good friend to make you feel better. Even on a bad hair day!
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