Where Is the Green Sheep?
by Mem Fox; illustrated by Judy Horacek
(Penguin, 2004, 32 pages)
Here’s a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry
collected by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters; illustrated by Polly Dunbar
(Candlewick, 2007, 112 pages)
I’m officially a fan of Mem Fox – and it started after reading her book about reading to children, Reading Magic, a few weeks ago. Where Is the Green Sheep? is a fun book to read aloud for a number of reasons. The rhythm and rhyme of the story are great. Plus the repetitive nature of asking where the green sheep is will make for an enjoyable activity when reading with a toddler who can “guess” the next line.
The book touches on opposites, colors, and lends itself to a fun overall reading experience. As we explore different kinds of sheep doing different things, we are constantly on the lookout for a green sheep, who doesn’t appear to be anywhere. The illustrations are wonderful because there is so much detail provided it offers a lot of opportunities to explore the images with your child and ask them questions about what they see. This book is officially added to my collection 🙂
Here’s a Little Poem is a collection of poetry from a number of different authors including Margaret Wise Brown, Langston Hughes and Jack Prelutsky. The poems touch on a number of themes and are paired with bright illustrations. They’re perfect for reading out loud and a great way to introduce your child to poetry.