My Co-Editor selected today’s post-nap read and review.
“If your child marches to a different beat, a different drummer, you might just have to go along with that music. Help them achieve what’s important to them.” – Sonia Sotomayor. (Alluding to Thoreau’s “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”)
One of the best kind of books to read to children are the kind that entertain the child but educate the adult. This book is literally about parents. Granted they are sheep parents, but parent nonetheless. They are worried about their son, Woolbur- which is a fantastic sheep pun. He does not conform. It’s embarrassing. It’s stressful.
You don’t do it the way everyone else does, they freak.
“I know,” said Woolbur. “Isn’t it great?”
And here’s where the BEST character comes in: Grandpaa. This old, hippie-looking sheep reminds us that older generation does not equate to the close minded generation. My great grand mother was born in 1907 and lived to 2007 and was one of the most progressive people out there. Likewise, this guy tell the parents, “don’t worry.” Boy, is he adorable. Lee Harper (not Harper Lee) creates amazing illustrations that tell a story and elicit a laugh on their own.
Actually, grandpa says “don’t worry” a lot- like Bob Marley with dementia a lot. Here’s the absolute only downside to Woolbur. It is highly repetitive. Highly.
It’s worth it, though, especially if you have voice acting skills and don’t mind coming up with a dozen ways to say, “isn’t it great?” It can be a challenge if you unwittingly start off doing the entire thing in an Irish accent and stretching out all the Maas and Paas like a sheep. There are a lot of those too.
In addition to individuality triumphing, this book also contains a fair number of wool related vocabulary, so very educational! Woolbur would be a great anthem for any positive parent, mindful parent, and parent of any kid who learns differently!
Woolbur is another favorite for me. You must read it.
Given the fact that Evy tried to talk to Woolbur- saying”hey” every time I turned the page- he was a hit with the drooling crowd as well. Sheep sounds were much appreciated.
Here’s a link to buy Woolbur for you kids or some you know: https://www.amazon.com/Woolbur-Leslie-Helakoski/dp/0060847263
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-Evy And Me.