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. Volume XIV Number 11 . . . . January 25, 2008
Baby Mountain Sheep gives readers a peek into the high-altitude life of mountain sheep. While those of us who have traveled in the Rocky Mountain often see these animals grazing at the side of the road, Wayne Lynch takes us to the upper reaches of the sheep’s habitat and makes us marvel at the nimbleness of a newborn sheep on the stony face of a steep cliff.
The story follows a Dall’s Mountain Sheep from its conception in the early winter, through birth in the spring and its life during the summer months. The sheep is born with a damaged leg, a situation that could bring an early end to a life of rock climbing and evading predators. Aubrey Lang handles the story with respect to both reader and subject. She doesn’t over sentimentalize the plight of the young sheep, and the reader is not given false hope or sympathy for the sheep. She points out the incredible adaptability of the young sheep despite his bothersome leg.
Lang uses age appropriate vocabulary in this story making it accessible to young readers and larger read-aloud audiences.
Barb Taylor, who lives in Calgary, AB, is a Pre-Kindergarten teacher and a freelance writer.
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