where is the green sheep?

February 1, 2011

books for kids

Fox, M. & Horacek, J. (2004). Where is the green sheep? Melbourne: Penguin Group.

I have a confession. I am not terribly keen on all of the books that Mem Fox has written. Australians are aghast when I say that. Mem Fox has superhero status here, but I approach all of her books with caution. I think Possum Magic is twee. Koala Lou irritates me. Those statements on their own are paramount to high treason.

Having confessed my sins, I think this is one of the best books around at the moment for early literacy. Apart from the genius of Dr Seuss, of course.

The text in the book is very predictable and has a nice tempo. After first reading the book aloud to him, my young fella was attempting to read this book on his own although he is openly opposed to learning to read. It was nice to see him enjoying a book so much (he’s more of an action man).

The children at playgroup enjoyed guessing what type of sheep was on each page, for example, thin sheep, wide sheep, swing sheep, slide sheep. The colourful and clear illustrations make it easy for children to guess the sheep. Before reading the book, I showed the children cards with some of the colour words from the book on them, and put them on a word chart. So when I read the sentence with the word “red” in it, I asked the children to point out the word in the book. This helped to tune them back into the text. It’s all done in good humour, and it role models for the parents how to make learning fun for their children.

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groupworker, parent educator, therapist, mother of three boys.

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2 Comments on “where is the green sheep?”

  1. evafannon Says:

    Love this book! Here in Seattle, WA, USA the Seattle Children’s Theatre has even created a wonderful interactive play around it. You get to sit with your toddler in the sheep pen (on the stage) as the actors act out the different sheep scenes around the pen.


    • hakea Says:

      Wow, that sounds interesting and fun!

      We don’t do a lot of theatre here. And interactive theatre is rare.

      When I was doing early childhood studies at uni, we did something called ‘process drama’ where the teacher suggests the theme and the action is made up on the spot through the children’s suggestions. It’s very dynamic. I have done some of it in the play sessions in the park I facilitate, but you have reminded me to do more!

      Thanks for visiting and commenting!


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