“No! I need you to keep jumping!” said Ava.
“In that case,” said the sheep, “we quit.”
Ava is young girl who has trouble falling asleep at night, tossing and turning, since her mind is so busy. Her mother encourages to count sheep. Initially this goes okay, but after a few days the sheep are worn out and want to quit. They assure Ava they will find suitable replacements. A slew of animals such as chickens, pigs, and even penguins, try out for the position; but for various reasons it doesn’t work out. Through the process the sheep learn how special and irreplaceable they really are.
I love, love, love the middle section of the book where the different animals are trying out. It was laugh-out-loud hilarious, and I normally do not laugh out loud. I can’t wait to read it to my girls. The strong points of this book are the concept and colorful, warm-colored illustrations.
Author: Susanna Leonard Hill
Illustrator: Mike Wohnoutka