And Then Anoth­er Sheep Turned Up

Lau­ra Gehl; Amy Adele, illus.
  • Review
By – June 2, 2015

In this engag­ing Passover sto­ry, after much clean­ing, cook­ing, and prepa­ra­tion, the mem­bers of the Sheep fam­i­ly are ready to sit down for their seder. As the action of the seder pro­ceeds, Papa, Mama, Han­nah and Noah Sheep get many unex­pect­ed guests arriv­ing at their door and join­ing their table. First Grand­ma Sheep, then Uncle Sol, then Grand­pa Sheep squeeze in, fol­lowed by Dan­ny Sheep, who is in town unex­pect­ed­ly, then Sharon Sheep and then Aunt Deb, who has brought gifts for the find­er of the afikomen. Many com­po­nents of the seder are intro­duced with­in the frame­work of the tale, includ­ing wine, reclin­ing, karpas, dip­ping, the four ques­tions (sung by Han­nah), dayenu, charoset, maror, and afikomen. Open­ing the door for Eli­jah is done by Papa and Eli­jah’s cup is filled by Mama and then lift­ed. As addi­tion­al chairs are brought to the table and the evening pro­gress­es, Noah falls asleep and his snor­ing accom­pa­nies the seder. 

This love­ly sto­ry is told with great humor. Rep­e­ti­tion of cer­tain phras­es will delight young read­ers, as will the fact that this sto­ry is told in rhyme. The pro­tag­o­nists — the fam­i­ly and their guests — are all sheep, which will also hold the atten­tion of the youngest listeners. 

The bright­ly col­ored illus­tra­tions are full of com­e­dy and laugh­ter, per­fect­ly accom­pa­ny­ing the text. Cats play­ing with a ball of yarn appear at the edges of the pages. Kip­pot are worn by the male sheep. 

Rec­om­mend­ed for ages 3 – 7.

Shelly Feit has an M.L.S. and a Sixth-year Spe­cial­ist’s Cer­tifi­cate in infor­ma­tion sci­ence. She is the library direc­tor and media spe­cial­ist at the Mori­ah School in Engle­wood, NJ.

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