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Counting Ovejas

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Una oveja blanca. /
One white sheep.
¡Adiós, oveja blanca! /
Good-bye, white sheep!

What do you do when you can't sleep? Count sheep in Spanish and English, of course! But what happens when those rascally sheep get a little too close for comfort? Well, if you're anything like the sleepy little hero in this clever tale, you might just tire yourself out trying to get rid
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published June 27th 2006)
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Ann Santori
Beautifully illustrated with a Latin-American, folk art style and seamlessly bilingual (with phonic pronunciations included).
Robin Raines-Bond
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fun illustrations. Love the curly-que sheep. This is a fun way to learn Spanish and English together, numbers and colors and shapes. Nice job Sarah Weeks!
May 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
CIP: "When increasing numbers of sheep in a rainbow of colors appear in a boy's bedroom as he tries to fall asleep, he must resort to more and more elaborate means of removing them."

Maggie: Anyone who has had difficulty falling asleep at night can sympathize with the little boy at the center of this story, who resorts to counting sheep in order to catch some shut-eye. As the number of sheep increases, the ways in which the boy removes them from his room become more and more humourous. The gorge
I used this as the participation story for a going to sleep-themed Spanish and bilingual story time. I love the artwork. The book is pretty simple--a little boy can't sleep so he counts different-colored sheep. It's a great story for young children to practice counting and name colors. The story can be read in English or Spanish. I used it as a Spanish story for bilingual story time, but when the kids gave me the "answers" (for example, 10 ovejas amarillas), I then asked them to say it in Englis ...more
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have to be honest. If I was the one reviewing this book, I would probably give it 4 stars. However, I suspect my baby would give it 5 stars. :-) We read this during playtime yesterday, and it was the first book that he has ever tried to grab out of my hands to play with. He realized that he could turn the pages (well, more or less, he's only 5 months old) and once he realized that, he was hooked. We spent 15 minutes--eternity in baby time--flipping through the pages together as I read the bili ...more
Lisa E
Sep 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: libs642
Weeks, S. & Díaz, D. (2006). Counting Ovejas. Atheneum Books for Young Readers.
School Library Journal (2006).
Counting Category

The bilingual picture book “Counting Ovejas” is a great read for children who are not able to fall asleep. It is funny how the boy tries to get rid of the sheeps when he wants to sleep. The book is very colorful and most of all it is a good way for kids to learn how to count. I would use the bilingual book for students who are early learners and need to practice cou
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: math, diversity
In this book a child who can't fall asleep, and counts and dismisses different colored sheep. It is written in both Spanish and English, and provides phonetic pronunciation for the Spanish text. This book could be used to talk about diversity of language (e.g., some families speak different languages, which languages do our friends speak), or simply to provide an accessible text for spanish speaking children. As the story is simple with a repetitive flow (e.g., # colored sheep), it would also be ...more
I liked the counting and think children will really enjoy having this read to them. It makes me want to work on a Hmong/English counting book for school. The illustrations were wonderful. I found the pronunciation underneath the text to be a bit distracting, but useful I suppose for readers who are unfamiliar with Spanish. I would have preferred pronunciation at the beginning or the end.
Christy Whitaker
Feb 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: math-concepts
This book offers repetition and color patterns (ex. 6 pink sheep, 7 purple sheep) for counting. The illustrations are vivid. Plus, it is bilingual. What a goldmine for a classroom. I would certainly use it to introduce counting in Spanish in a classroom. Counting sheep is a great way to connect math to everyday use- it makes math relevant.
Sep 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: bedtime, colors and counting requests
My story time group really got into this. I don't know if several of them had seen it before at my co-workers story time. However, they were repeating the Spanish right after me (unfortunately mine is atrocious.)

A child counts various colored sheep and say adios to each group.
Apr 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
In this book, a little girl counts different colored sheep before she goes to bed. This book is so simple with few words; it is a great read as a bed time story for a little one. This book can be used to teach colors as well as counting. Also, this book is bilingual, making it culturally diverse!
May 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The perfect book for El Dia de los ninos! This book counts in Spanish and does color words in Spanish. The little girl is counting sheep/ovejas so that she can go to sleep. Loved it, loved it, loved it!
Mar 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
Un libro bilingue que enseña los colores y los números, con dibujos bellísimos. A bilingual book that teaches colors and numbers, with beautiful pictures. Although I question the inclusion of "turquoise" as a color young children will be able to identify.
Christine Turner
Aug 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
When increasing numbers of sheep in a rainbow of colors appear in a boy's bedroom as he tries to fall asleep, he must resort to more and more elaborate means of removing them.

This is a nice bedtime book.
Jul 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Counting and colors in English and Spanish. The sleeping sheep are adorable!
Hope Jimenez
Very simple book but is good to learn numbers and colors in Spanish. Bilingual book. It is about counting sheep.
Katie Scherrer
Mar 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is a very gentle story good for toddlers, though I've used it with preschool as well. Count the sheep of different colors in Spanish and English before falling to sleep.
Dec 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Beautiful counting and color book in Spanish and English. Looking forward to reading it with the K & PreK students next week.
Matthew Bell
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Ashley Nichols
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
I loved the side by side spanish and english. Also the rhythm of the book made it an easy read, especially for the kids who sound the again call.
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Israel really loved this book. I think I might have to actually purchase a copy. It'a a fun little bilingual book. Teaches colors and numbers in Spanish
Nov 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ece-2nd
ECE/Kinder lullaby
numbers and colors in english and spanish
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Counting sheep in Spanish and English and in different colors too. Great book for story time.
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Sarah Weeks has been writing children’s books and songs for the past twenty years. She is a graduate of Hampshire College and NYU and recently became an adjunct faculty member in the prestigious Writing Program at the New School University, in New York City.

Her first YA novel, So B. It, which appeared on the LA Times bestseller list was chosen as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and received the
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