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Children's Fiction Farm Animals

The Baabaasheep Quartet

by (author) Leslie Elizabeth Watts

Fitzhenry and Whiteside
Initial publish date
Oct 2005
Farm Animals, General
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2005
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3


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

About the author

Leslie Elizabeth Watts has illustrated a number of acclaimed picture books, including It's Raining, It's Pouring, and On the Night of the Comet. Leslie works in egg tempera, an old technique that requires the mixing of dry pigments with egg yolk and water. She lives in Harriston, Ontario, with her daughter Emily, her son Stefan, and several pets.

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Editorial Reviews

"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."

--CM Magazine

"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

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