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Argyle by Barbara Brooks Wallace


by Barbara Brooks Wallace

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One of my favorite books ever, this fun tale of the grass is not always greener on the other side, follows argyle the sheep as he becomes a super celebrity because he produces mulitcolored wool...will he like being the top dog....I mean...top sheep....check it out! ( )
  GeorgeAtDublinCML | Jul 3, 2008 |
Argyle’s life was exactly the way he wanted it. He was the same as all the other sheep and that was just fine with him. While roaming the highlands, Argyle discovered some especially tasty grass and some very colorful flowers. Day after day he ate the flowers until… “One day MacDougal’s wife, Katharine, said, “Why dinna ye tell me about the many-colored sheep, MacDougal?” The ensuing fuss is not at all to Argyle’s liking. Placed in a pen by himself, he can’t roam and he can’t eat the delicious, colorful flowers. Thankfully, it does not take long in the “special” pen for him to lose his many colors. He returns to looking and feeling like a sheep and that is just fine with him.

Argyle is a lovely, gentle folk tale that reminds us being different may not be all that it seems. Sometimes being the same as everyone else is just fine.
  storytimestandouts | Sep 28, 2007 |
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A clever, old tale about where the argyle pattern comes from. Argyle the sheep goes off wandering in search of peace and quiet, and perhaps something tasty. Pretty soon, he becomes all the colors of the tasty little flowers he's been eating. The farmer and his wife get more than a little caught up in Argyle's new fancy wool, and the patterns knitted up by the farmer's wife. Eventually, as all things do, life goes back to normal. But we remember Argyle through the knitted color pattern to this day.

I love this story. I've seen several versions and this is a good one. This is a good book for talking about "how things come to be" stories.
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A Scottish sheep's unusual diet causes him to produce multicolored wool, which changes his life and the fortunes of his owners.

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A Scottish sheep's unusual diet causes him to produce multicolored wool, which changes his life and the fortunes of his owners.

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