Author: David Mark
Illustrator: Lionel Kalish
Publisher: Parents’ Magazine Press, 1967
Themes: sheep, India, modernization
Opening: In a little city in the heart of India there was a big park called Lal Bagh.
Summary: (from my library catalog) A sheep lives in a special park in India and nibbles the grass in decorative designs until he is replaced by a lawnmower.
I like this book because: not only are the illustrations killer, but the story is so sweet! A wonderful tale of appreciating the natural world and creatures, as well as an willingness to accept modernization – preferably in moderation! Gentle and welcome repetition round things out nicely too. If you don’t know this book already it’s bound to become a favorite!
Resources/activities: if you enjoy Kalish’s art, check out Tina Kugler’s pinterest board – HERE; this would make a good supplement to teaching about other countries around the world for K-3rd grade; learn about the history of sheep and lawncare in America – HERE.
Perfect Picture Book Friday is on hiatus for the summer, but there are still plenty of selections on a themed and alphabetized list, each with teacher/parent resources, on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE