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From the Animal Stories series, volume 3

retold by Lari Don ; illustrated by Melanie Williamson

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-84686-872-6
Publisher: Barefoot Books

There’s nothing as tasty as lamb for dinner….

A determined and rather hungry wolf meets a lovable and very crafty lamb in this North American trickster tale retold just for early readers. As with the other offerings in the series, this selection is right on target, with charming, colorful illustrations; crisp, clear sentences; memorable and entertaining characters; and a laugh-out-loud plot. In each chapter, the clever lamb thwarts yet another of the wolf’s attempts to eat her for dinner, using her wits in innovative and surprising ways. She persuades the wolf her relatives are nearby, tells him she’s not yet fat enough and convinces him she must be accompanied by cheese. The writing features repetition to help youngsters practice—and succeed—as well as vocabulary nicely selected for readers who have just passed the rookie stage. Though a bit more information about the origin of the story would have been a nice addition, readers will thoroughly enjoy this selection and root wholeheartedly for the heroic lamb. A nice twist at the end shows a sheep who lives to laugh another day and helps her own lambs do so as well. Excellent for home and school reading.

Youngsters will laugh along with the lovable lamb in this Wile E. Coyote prototype.

(Early reader/folktale. 5-7)