“The four hip sheep will likely amuse readers and are certainly the book's strongest asset.”
—School Library Journal
“The book may be used as an introduction to the study of various countries and also provides a great example of employing the mnemonic technique for improving memory.”
—Top of Texas Reviews
A little boy named Thomas and his unusual sheep take a whirlwind trip around the world in this story. Anxious about his teacher’s Great Geography Test tomorrow, Thomas has trouble sleeping. He tries and tries, but he just cannot fall asleep.
In come the sheep to the rescue! They help Thomas prepare for the big test by traveling to countries around the globe. Mischief follows this crazy crew as they see the world from A to Z, doing everything from acting in Australia to zigzagging through Zimbabwe in this alphabet book adventure.
Thomas and his sheep take the reader on a world tour unlike any ever imagined. Children can learn geography, as well as the alphabet, while following the hilarious antics of these globe-trotters. Their journey is humorously depicted by illustrator Perry Board and the zaniness of this adventure is captured in his drawings.
About the Author
Steven L. Layne is a faculty member in the Department of Education at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois, where he teaches courses in literature and pedagogy. He also serves as a national literacy consultant, featured author, and keynote speaker at conferences and workshops throughout the United States and Canada. He is the author of several books published by Pelican, including the International Reading Association/Children’s Choices selections My Brother Dan’s Delicious and The Teachers’ Night Before Christmas, as well as Thomas’s Sheep and the Spectacular Science Project and The Principal’s Night Before Christmas. His novel This Side of Paradise won the 2001 Hal Clement Award for Young Adult Science Fiction, and he has also written a collection of poems in tribute to fathers, Verses for Dad’s Heart.
About the Illustrator
Perry Board is an art director for Phillips Design Group, an interactive design company specializing in CD-ROM design and programming, Internet web pages, 3D animation, print design, and other new media. A resident of Indianapolis, this is his first book.
THOMAS’S SHEEP AND THE GREAT GEOGRAPHY TEST
By Steven L. Layne
Illustrated by Perry Board
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / General
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Farm Animals
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
31 color illus. 2nd ptg.