Friday, August 19, 2022

Agnes and the Sheep

 


Meet Agnes: a dog who knows and appreciates the concept of cozy! Agnes is a helpful, hard-working farm dog who also enjoys closing out each day under a blanket on a comfy carpet in front of a warm fire. Clare Therese Gray perfectly illustrates that vision of coziness for the reader.  

Agnes has three animal friends on the farm named Fern, Flax and Baa Baa. They lived and breathed plants every day. One fateful day, when the wind drove the three sheep close to the cottage for shelter, they spied PLANTS inside the cottage. Therein began the trouble. Readers will relate to the struggle thinking the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence. And in this case, those plants looked more enticing on the other side of that window!

When Agnes notices the gleam in the sheep's eyes, she tries to remind them about all the plants they already have around them but it was no use. Once they'd caught a glimpse, they were obsessed with finding a way to get inside. Children will delight over the antics of these wayward sheep and the dog who tries to keep them in line. 

I highly recommend this book as a gentle way of discussing the importance of being grateful for what you already have. I am hoping Ms. Rowley will write more adventures featuring Agnes and her farm friends!

Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of Agnes and the Sheep from DK Publishing through NetGalley to review. No other compensation was received. 

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