An extended version of Baa, Baa, Black Sheep, this book adds new verses with additional animals. It begins with the traditional rhyme which then changes a little with the wool becoming a blanket for the little boy’s bed. The goose provides down for a pillow. The hen has eggs, the bee honey, and the cow milk, which all make a perfect bedtime snack. The animals then all head to bed too, and readers are left with the boy fast asleep in his bed with his stuffed animals tucked in close with him: a sheep, goose, hen, and cow.
Gershator has used the same rhythm as the original and it all fits nicely into the song pattern as well, so this book can be sung too. With each new animal, she gently offers up the noise the animal makes, what that animal provides, and then a use for that product. It’s a pleasant look at animals, farming and the connection between farm and end product.
Potter’s illustrations have a wonderful folkart aspect to them that adds a timelessness to the entire book. For a new version of a beloved nursery rhyme, this is just the right art to set the tone.
This book is a solid addition to nursery rhyme collections. Appropriate for ages 2-4.
Reviewed from library copy.