After moving to the city, four sheep companions try in vain to find acceptance in the human world. But when they enter a barbershop quartet competition in the mistaken belief they'll be meeting other
After moving to the city, four sheep companions try in vain to find acceptance in the human world. But when they enter a barbershop quartet competition in the mistaken belief they'll be meeting other sheep, they discover that they don't have to blend in to belong
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"The picture of four rotund be-suited sheep standing upright on the pavement among groups of men with candy-striped blazers and straw boaters is only one of the laugh-out-loud moments in this silly picture book. The quartet almost flees after their performance when they realize that they have not been competing against other sheep, but in the end they are awarded the trophy and "invited to tour the finest concert halls in the world." There is a message here about accepting others for what they are, but the story is really about striving to find out what you are good at and then getting on with it."
"Wry humor emanates from scenes depicting sheep posturing in a wide variety of human clothing and situations. Four distinct personalities suit up to sit at the diner counter, don T-shirts and overalls to decorate a sophisticated apartment, and appear in argyle sweaters to bowl with seniors. This quiet story of a wool blend would make an interesting contrast to a picture-book version of The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse".
— School Library Journal
"Luminous paintings add a wry humour to the scenes of four distinct breeds of sheep trying to be like people, donning striped coats, boaters, and mustaches for their big moment on stage."
— North Bay Nugget
"Leslie Elizabeth Watts creates an imaginative and humorous, yet poignant story about the pain of not being accepted. This story will resonate with both children and adults, especially those who somehow feel that they are outsiders. Watts's illustrations well depict the individual personalities of the sheep and the humans with whom they interact. Readers will find her acrylic artwork colourful, witty and detailed. The Baabaasheep Quartet will make your heart sing."
— Canadian Children's Book News magazine
"An uplifting story about accepting peopla as they are, courage and striving to find your talents."
— Timmins Daily Press
Leslie Elizabeth Watts is a writer and fine artist who has illustrated over ten picture books for children, including You Can't Rush a Cat, There's a Mouse in My House, The Most Beautiful Kite in the World, and Princess Stinky-toes and the Brave Frog Robert, which she also wrote. Leslie lives in Stratford, Ontario.
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Winner of the 2006 Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award for Illustration
2006 Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Shining Willow Award Nominee
Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award Honorable Mention in the Children's Picture Book Category
Shining Willow nominee 2006
Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2006