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Mary had A Sleepy Sheep by [Dweck, Julia]
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About the Author

Julia Dweck is a published author of children's books for digital and print publication. Her stories span the spectrum of humor, fantasy and edutainment in rhyme and in prose. Julia's background in elementary education affords her the opportunity to be in touch with what children want to read and what makes them giggle. She's collaborated with leading illustrators in the world of children's literature to produce over 30 books. Her titles have garnered placement on Amazon's bestsellers lists, "Kindle Daily Deals" and customer top rated lists. In her spare time, Julia is a designer of educational adjuncts for children's literature, and has worked with such notable publishing houses as Penguin Young Readers. She presented at the 2012 National Center for Family Literacy for her creative use of technology in the classroom. Visit Julia and her stories on Facebook at www.facebook.com/juliadweckbooks

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 12405 KB
  • Print Length: 46 pages
  • Publisher: Xist Publishing (5 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EA3L35O
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,114,043 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This lovely story is a light-hearted take on the traditional Mary Had A Little Lamb, but with a twist. What is a girl to do when she has a sheep who will not sleep? She tries everything she can think of.

"When mary bought him dancing shoes
They samBa'd through each chord.
Yet Sheppard tangoed, waltzed, and bowed,
And sleepwalked as he snored."

Even this didn't work! I love what did finally work for Sheppard...well-you'll just have to read the book for yourself to find that out!

Julia has shared that her inspiration for this cute story was her husband, Sheppard, who enjoys a good snore! I can just imagine the laughter that must erupt in their home with their good senses of humour.

Julia's warm-hearted and funny in her emails which bring a smile to my face every time. Her personality flows through into her stories as well, which is why my children love to read her books.

As with many of her e-books, Julia has included some extra activities at the end of this book. In addition to hunting for Whiskers on every page (some sightings are easier than others-we're still searching for a couple!), there is the traditional Mary Had A Little Lamb, and the story behind the famous nursery rhyme, as well as another activity specific to Mary. Julia has also provided a few websites for further art and creative learning opportunities for children. These little extras are always a lot of fun and help to make her books memorable.
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How do to keep your best friend awake?

Inventive Mary tries everything to keep her friend Shepphard the Sheep awake. But he keeps falling asleep and snores through sambas, water splashes, shaving cream, winter storms, and laughter.

This is a wonderful humorous tale, with illustrations that perfectly captures the vivacious spirit of Mary and the sleepiness of Sheppard. Children love to look at details in pictures and the illustrator,Wilson Williams Jr., has cleverly hidden some special treats. The cat has a special friend, a toy mouse.

Stories based upon well-known nursery rhymes always captures children's attention, especially when everything is turned upside down. This funny rhyming adventure will keep children giggling at Mary's attempt to keep her friend awake. Mary has some great ideas but they all fail.This book encourages children to come up with their own creative suggestions about how Mary can keep her sleepy sheep awake.

You can also think about how to stop other animals from falling asleep.

How do you stop a sleepy sloth from falling asleep?
How do you keep a bat awake?
How do you stop a kola from sleeping the whole day and night?

You can also talk about the sleepiest animals on earth.

The rhymes in this book are clever and they spark children's desire to play with words. This may inspire you to write a "Staying Awake Poem" or make up a "Staying Awake Song" (the opposite to a lullaby).

As a special treat, Julia Dweck has included a little history about the real Mary from the original poem Mary had a Little Lamb. There are also some fun activities, a compare the two pictures activity, and search for the mouse on each page.

Why not make your own sleepy sheep. You find instructions about how to make this Tissue Paper Sheep at the blog Mother Necessity.
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Mary Had a Sleepy Lamb is a great wee modern twist on the original Mary Had a Little Lamb. Poor Mary tries her hardest to keep her sheep Shepard awake, but every attempt is futile and he falls back asleep no matter what she does.

My 4 year old son was in stitches with laughter at some of Mary's attempts - we both had a good chuckle as she danced with him, soaked him with water and every tired to keep him awake with spicy food!

Once she figures out how people get to sleep she taught her sheep to count to 10 by counting people instead, now her sheep becomes wide awake and its more than Mary can take :)

At the end of the story there are a few activity pages - you learn that a little mouse named Whiskers is hiding on every page throughout the story, so we had fun going back re-reading the story and trying to find the little mouse. There is also a spot the difference page - that was a little harder for my wee boy but he had a good go at trying it out :)

I read this on my mobile, but it also works well on the kindle app on all platforms.

This is another great book from Julie Dweck that we both enjoyed, and I am looking forward to reading it to my smaller son when he gets bit bigger :)
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This is a delightful new take on a classic nursery rhyme. It was funny seeing Mary annoyed with the
sheep, instead of just accepting it being with her which is what happened in the original. I loved Mary's big idea, the way she thought about the dilemma and then adjusted the solution to fit in with the sheep's interests. The illustrations are a perfect match with the story, getting across Mary's feelings towards the sheep. It was clever how her cat had a toy mouse hidden in each page, although it would have been a bit more fun if it was mentioned at the start rather than the end so the reader could look for it as they read it. However, maybe it was mentioned at the end so the reader can read the story then go back and look for it. The funniest scene had to be Julia and Wilson's bio pages - got to love those sheep!

I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review on my review blog Nayu's Reading Corner
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