Three Little Sheep by Rob Lewis


Three Little Sheep by Rob Lewis

An endearing picture book told in rhyming couplets. 'Quick!' says Olwen. 'We'd better find somewhere to hide! Or that wolf will catch us ...and eat us up for tea!' Tir na n-Og Award winner 2011.


Whilst out one day in the meadow, three sheep wearing their favourite ribbons hear loud singing coming from a hole in the ground. When a stone falls over the edge, it isnt a friendly miner who pops out but a disgruntled wolf! Fearing for their lives, Olwen, Meg and Flo flee through trees, are attacked by bees, swim a river, climb a steep slope, struggle through a bramble patch and trudge through a bog before arriving home at their shed, bedraggled, ribbon-less but safe. Unfortunately their relief is short-lived; they are not alone for long as the singing wolf who is, after all, used to holes creeps in through a gap in the shed wall. What will be their fate? With double-page spreads showing the sheeps journey on the right and the wolfs dogged pursuit on the left, Rob Lewis presents the tale in an easy rhythmical style and rhyme which both lightens the mood and enlivens the trek without undermining the tension. Against more or less natural landscapes, witty graphics precise in their subtlety and light strokes of the pen show a range of scenarios, stances, expressions and reactions which promote empathy whilst suggesting that the sheep are rather dim-witted and daft. Meantime the wolf is shown as being ready and equipped for any eventuality. Sharing this book with youngsters will be a delight as they note elements of familiar traditional tales as well as the sheeps struggling discomfort on the one hand and the wolfs contentment on the other, implied by the visual cue of musical notes above him. Young readers will expectantly relish the outcome. Nothing, however, should be taken for granted. The stark illustration of Four pairs of eyes instead of three! and the startling wolfs Hello! as he turns on the light has the reader gripped with anticipation. Surely there can't be a happy ending for the three little sheep or can there? Once more Rob Lewis has produced a gem! M. Lorna Herbert Egan It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgment should be included: A review from, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council. Gellir defnyddior adolygiad hwn at bwrpas hybu, ond gofynnir i chi gynnwys y gydnabyddiaeth ganlynol: Adolygiad oddi ar, trwy ganiatd Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru. -- Welsh Books Council

About the Author

Rob Lewis is an experienced author and illustrator, his pictures and text combining to produce many delightful picture books for children. He was winner of the Tir na N-Og award 2003 for Cold Jac and his renowned book Tidy up, Trevor is a perennial best seller. He lives with his family in Llandrindod Wells, Powys.

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32 pages


Rob Lewis
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Publication date

4th November 2010



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