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BEA ROCKS THE FLOCK by Victoria Jamieson


by Victoria Jamieson & illustrated by Victoria Jamieson

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: May 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-59990-260-9
Publisher: Bloomsbury

Tired of the repression inherent in the Rule of Sheepdom, “Sheep are not unique,” Bea does as she likes. But she can only stand the flock’s disapproval for so long before she decides to start a new life in the city. Although the city’s distinctive inhabitants impress her at first, Bea has trouble finding a place that is just right for her, until she wins the “Most Unique” award at a dog show. Recognizing that the Rule of Sheepdom might be wrong, she enthusiastically returns to the flock to encourage them to pursue their own one-of-a-kind talents. Jamieson’s message to “BEEEEEEEEEEEE yourself” is lightened by her riotously funny tongue-in-cheek acrylic illustrations. Bea’s backpack contents will have readers chuckling, as will her attempts at fitting in in the Big Apple. A bright spring palette makes the white sheep pop off the pages…even more so when they decide to show their true colors. Paired with the recent Sylvie by Jennifer Sattler (2009), this neatly addresses the issue of expressing yourself in the face of peer pressure. Who knew sheep had a wild side? (Picture book. 4-8)