Little Lamb, Have You Any Wool?

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Little Lamb, Have You Any Wool?
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4+
Release Date
March 13, 2012
ISBN
978-1926973142
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Through charming dialogue and warm illustrations, Little Lamb, Have You Any Wool? tells the story of a young child and his lamb preparing for the cold winter ahead. The little boy asks the lamb if he can use its wool to protect everything from his head to his toes from the coming frost.

The lamb agrees, and the boy uses the soft wool to make himself a coat, a scarf, some socks, and everything else he needs. But then, he wonders, won't his newly shorn little lamb be cold? In the spirit of cooperation and caring friendship, the boy makes another set of winter clothes for the lamb. Now, they are both warm and ready to face winter together!

Young readers will delight in the saturated colors of the illustrations and the classic message of friendship communicated through the whimsical text of Little Lamb, Have You Any Wool?

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Selfless Friendship in a Picture Book
Overall rating
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
A young boy prepares for winter by asking his pet lamb for wool, then knitting himself a whole host of cold weather gear. When he sees his his tiny wool-less friend, he surprises the lamb with his own set of wool clothing.

This book could be a precursor to Shel Silverstein's "The Giving Tree," with the wool standing in as the selfless friend. He says, "Little friend, if you're that cold, I will let you take my wool and you can knit it all up." The message of sharing and friendship is sweet and hooray to Isabel Minhos Martins for writing a male main character who is a knitter.

Yara Kono's artwork is a standout. Her olive green, mustard, and burgundy palette are unconventional and appealing, as it the artwork. The squiggly lines of wool thread through the book until we see the results of the little boy's labor at the end.

Good Points
Gorgeous illustrations in non-traditional colors.
A knitting boy!
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