Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Woolbur by Leslie Helakoski, illustrated by Lee Harper
There is one in every crowd, the child marching to the beat of his or her own drum. This uniqueness is what makes life spectacular. Woolbur in this story simply refuses to follow the crowd, being the trendsetter of the herd. He refuses to be sheared, dyes his wool before it is sheared, cards his own wool and runs with the dogs. Grandfather wisely tells the parents that all will be well but the parents fret and fuss until in the end they insist on Woolbur doing as the other sheep. Woolbur goes along with this but to his parent’s consternation moving with the crowd means moving as Woolbur does. It’s good to learn to stand alone and Woolbur certainly finds his own path through the herd.