One Smart Sheep

Clarion. Oct. 2021. 80p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780544888357.
Gr 2-5–Wilson, an unusual sheep, gets lost but finds his way back home. Wilson is no ordinary sheep; he feels emotions and has characteristics like a human. He lives with 26 other sheep on a farm owned by Abigail Atwood. Abigail and her dog Tippy have always observed that Wilson isn’t ordinary, and they gravitate toward him. When Abigail goes for her daily visit and upkeep of the sheep pen, Wilson always comes to her to be petted and talks to her in his sheep language. She has had this special sheep on her farm since he was a baby and has always treated him differently. For instance, she gave him bottles of milk when he was little and treats him as more of a pet than a farm animal. One evening, Abigail forgets to close the pen. Wilson ends up in a delivery truck and is left alone in the big city. When Abigail realizes he is missing, she frantically goes looking for him with the help of Tippy and her neighbor Jeremiah. Wilson, realizing he is no longer on the farm, relies on the sounds of his memories to find his way back home. He succeeds, as Abigail finds him headed back to the farm.
VERDICT A jovial tale of a human and animal bond where it’s least expected. Children will enjoy reading about an animal who doesn’t always take center stage, and will be awed by Wilson’s bravery and intelligence. Great for any children’s library collection.

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