Thursday, March 19, 2009

SUNNY BOOKS: Rainbow Sheep




Rainbow Sheep
by Kim Chatel
Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc (April 6, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1933090847
ISBN-13: 978-1933090849
Genevieve is a little shepherdess with a big imagination. When she finds a sad, pale rainbow, she tells him funny stories until he cries happy tears and his colors return. Genevieve’s sheep are caught in the colorful rain of tears and become the RAINBOW SHEEP
RAINBOW SHEEP is a picture book by author and fiber artist Kim Chatel. Each illustration is a felt ‘painting.’ The text also includes instructions for two simple felt crafts for kids.
RAINBOW SHEEP is available from Guardian Angel Publishing. Join Kim Chatel at her website (http://www.kimchatel.com/) for some fun and games.
Excerpt:
The morning the rainbow came, Genevieve’s sheep were still white, or rather grey and dirty brown as sheep tend to be.
Rain fell from the sky, like snakes slithering down the hill. The sheep slid and skidded in the mud. Gertie, the ewe, lost her footing, and the sky echoed with fearful brays. Genevieve sat in the mud and whispered soothing nonsense stories in the ewe’s ear.
As a rule, Genevieve liked the rain. It brought things, like flowers and fat, slippery worms. But the rain had been falling for a whole week. The sheep were muddy and cold. They had only mushy grass to eat.
Genevieve was wet, with a wetness that went all the way through to her bones.

Enough was enough.

Genevieve’s hill was as tall as a castle spire. She climbed right to the top. Rain splattered her face. The clouds were heavy and grey, like the belly of a sleepy kitten.
She tickled one cloud, and it squirmed from her touch. She tickled another cloud and another until they rolled away and let the sunshine through.

With a happy sigh, Genevieve sat down with her soggy sheep to snooze in the morning sun. A sad sigh woke her. She sat up and looked around but nobody was there. The clouds were still tickled away.

3 comments:

Mayra Calvani said...

This is a lovely picture book with unusual, original artwork!

Dawn said...

This is a book I'd love to see. My daughter and I actually made some felted sheep from this book, from a you-tube tutorial. But we haven't read the book yet.

The Book Chook said...

One of my favourite books! And, I am the proud owner of Ruby, the Red Sheep!