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Woolbur by Leslie Helakoski
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Woolbur

by Leslie Helakoski

Other authors: Lee Harper (Illustrator)

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Adorable children's book about being yourself and not bending when others tell you to change. Loved the illustrations and will add this to my list of kids books to purchase as presents. ( )
  aurorapaigem | Nov 23, 2016 |
I read this book often to the children in my class, but I think that adults can get a lot out of it as well. Woolbur is a sheep who is determined to be different from the rest of the flock, which worries his parents who think he needs to be part of the flock because it is what sheep do. Woolbur's Grandpa isn't worried though, he is always the calm voice reminding the others not to worry. When children hear the story they giggle at Woolbur's silly antics but in the end they realize that he isn't afraid to be himself and that being different is okay. Sometimes I think that when adults hear the story, the voice of Grandpa is speaking to them, reminding them not to worry about their child's silly choices. Weaving yarn into your hair isn't the end of the world, neither is getting blue dye on yourself. It's okay to not sweat the small stuff and let the creative mind flow for a little while, because in the end that's how we find peace and harmony with ourselves. ( )
  mirrani | Apr 19, 2015 |
Woolbur is not like all the other little sheep which causes his parents to worry. Grandpa tells them not to worry as Woolbur figures out how to follows his parents rule of acting like all the other sheep.
  Boockk | Feb 1, 2014 |
Fun silly book that teaches the importance of being different and having fun with it. ( )
  joliegrace | Jan 30, 2014 |
From the opening line - "Wilbur had a little trouble with the herd today," said Maa - this delightful picture-book had me chuckling, absorbed in the unfolding tale of a little sheep continually out of step with his peers. Woolbur can never seem to conform to the "normal" standards of ovine behavior, whether that be running with the other sheep, as opposed to those "wild" dogs, or submitting to being sheared. Every time his parents task him with one of his unusual actions or choices, he responds with a cheery "I know! Isn't that great?", and Grandpaa intones, "Don't worry! But Maa and Paa do worry - they worry a lot - and finally, they inform Wilbur that he must do what the other sheep are doing. Is this the end of Wilbur's unique way of being in the world...?

With its effective use of repetition - Wilbur's parents continually question him, while Wilbur himself is continually unconcerned - and endearing characters, Leslie Helakoski's narrative is both entertaining and thought-provoking. Whether it is read as a meditation on being different, on having self-confidence, or on becoming a leader, it is an amusing story in its own right. Lee Harper's fluffy-looking illustrations suit the tale perfectly, capturing Wilbur's insouciant joy, his parents nightly worry (they continually pull on their wool), and Grandpaa's reassuring presence. Highly recommended! ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Jul 19, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060847263, Hardcover)

Woolbur's list of Do's and Don'ts:

DO express yourself creatively…
DON'T worry if you weave your forelock into a pot holder!

DO march to your own beat…
DON'T worry when Maa and Paa tell you to stay with the herd!

DO be bold and brave…
DON'T be afraid to BE YOURSELF!

Woolbur is not like other sheep. He hangs out with wild dogs, cards his own wool to avoid the shearing barn, and even dyes his wool blue. "Don't worry!" says Grandpaa when Maa and Paa fret that Woolbur is different. But when they tell their son to follow the flock, the opposite happens—the flock follows him! Soon everyone is copying his wild hairstyles and taking turns on the spinning wheel. Leave it to Woolbur to find a new way to step ahead of the herd.

Spunky, funky, and refreshingly distinct, Woolbur will strike a chord with anyone who's ever felt different. And that's all of us!

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:07:26 -0400)

Woolbur, a sheep with a mind of his own, never seems to follow the flock, despite his parents' reminders about how he should behave.

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