CM . . . . Volume XVIII Number 38 . . . . June 1, 2012
Little Lamb, Have You Any Wool? is adapted from the children's nursery rhyme "Baa, Baa Black Sheep". It is a tale of a young boy who is cold and asks the sheep for some wool to make various articles of clothing to stay warm. The sheep finally tells the boy to take as much as he wants so that he won't be cold any longer. After knitting himself enough clothes to stay warm, the boy realizes the sheep might be cold after he took all of his wool. The boy decides to knit the sheep some clothes so he, too, could be warm in the winter.
One of the downfalls of the book is that it has an awkward rhythm and a non-consistent rhyme scheme. Overall, there is no rhyming in the book; however, occasionally, either on purpose or by accident, some of the phrases would rhyme making the story disjunct.
The main message of the book is supposed to be about sharing and caring for your friends. However, those lessons aren't prevalent during the majority of the story as it's expressly about the wants and needs of the little boy. The concept of friendship is finally expressed as an afterthought when the boy states, " [T]hen I realized.... I wanted to share them with you." It was never the boy's intent to make the lamb clothes until after he was done taking care of himself and still had some wool left over.
The illustrations by Yara Kono are pleasing and set an overall happy mood to the story. Young children would find the illustrations engaging.
Michelle Lawrence, an educator and music therapist, lives in Winnipeg, MB.
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