The beauty of the world and nature are the focal points of this book as a young Shepherdess and her friend Ida walk and talk as they ramble through the countryside hoping to view and see there special sheep. The book starts off with the story in poem form then followed by creating watercolor illustrations that brings the walk and the story to life. While Annie the Shepherdess walks with Ida they hope to find the ram with the ebony horns, and the4 gold footed ewe and the lamb with the fleece of silver. The illustrator beautifully creates the pictures of these three sheep allowing young readers to see the expressions on both the Shepherdess’s face and her young friend Ida who we see picking daisies while walking. They were hoping to see the wether, the leader of the sheep who would lead all of them home with his crystal bell. The poem has a different slant to it then the story or tale told at the end of the book and it states that they will walk together the shepherdess and her young friend and if they never find these sheep that sha’nt mind. They imply that they have each other, they enjoyed the walk and that they appreciated what they saw and nature. Flora the young lamb walking with Ida in the tale told in more detail at the end of the book feels left out when she pays more attention to the sheep then her. This is told in the Lamb’s Tale in detail at the end of the book where children can learn the meaning and messages conveyed within the poem, the song that is included and the tale.
Ann, the Shepherdess is in the countryside for a walk and her young friend Ida sees her and wants to join her along with Flora. Talking to Ann about the hope of meeting those special sheep, the ram which is the male and the color or ebony, the female ewe the one with the golden feet and the leader of the sheep the wether the most important one of all because this sheep will lead you home Within the tale the author defines and describes these sheep for children, adults and teachers. As the walk continues we learn more about the wether and the crystal bell and it’s meaning. Ann plays her flute but for some reason Flora is sad. Why? What happens when she feels that Ida is ignoring her? What is Ida paying attention to and did they really see the sheep and did Flora not want to look at them? Ida was collecting daisies in her basket but will she notice that Flora wants her attention too? Will they see the three special sheep? To find out you have to read the story in color, sing the song that you can download and read the tale at the end of the book to learn the importance of love, friendship, understanding, feelings and much more. Family is important and in the lat sentence of the Lamb’s Tale, which you will have to read for yourself, you’ll learn something special. Author and Illustrator Barrett Cobb brings the story to life with her music, song and illustrations.
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