5 books to read this Year of the Sheep

5 books to read this Year of the Sheep

By Anna McQuinn and Hannah Shaw, The Chicken House, $14.89, from Bookaburra

One sheep, two sheep, three sheep, four. The sleep sheep help the restless fall asleep at night. But not Sylvie's sleep sheep. Hers are a rowdy bunch: line them up and they dance. Imagine them at the beach, and they go wild in the water. How will Sylvie ever get a good night's sleep with this wild and woolly flock? Read this together for a fun bedtime story. Recommended for kids aged three to five.

By Julia Donaldson and Nick Sharratt, Macmillan Children's Books, $14.50 before GST, from major bookstores

Goat is having a busy day at playgroup today. From joining a band to pulling up the weeds, playing dress-up and more, follow him to find out what else he gets up to at preschool. With lots of fun and maybe an accident or two, this is an entertaining read for little ones who are in a playgroup of their own Recommended for kids aged two to four.

By Li Jian, Better Link Press, $22 before GST, from major bookstores

A doctor discovers an injured sheep on his way home one day and carries it home, nursing it back to health. When a monster appears one day demanding a child from each family, the sheep steps up to save the village. Transforming into a young girl, it tricks the monster and sacrifices itself. A lovely story about kindness and gratitude, the tale is told in both English and Chinese. Recommended for kids aged four to six.

By Jen Banyard, Fremantle Press, $13.50, from www.closetfulofbooks.com

Something fishy is going on in Riddle Gully, and super sleuth and reporter-in-training Pollo di Nozi is bent on uncovering the mystery, with Shorn Connery, her sheep sidekick, in tow. But it seems someone is working hard to send her in the wrong direction. If your child is old enough to appreciate puns, she'll get a giggle out of the characters' quirky names. Recommended for kids aged seven to nine.

By Anu Stohner and Henrike Wilson, Bloomsbury Children's Books, $16, from Bookaburra

Charlotte is a little lamb with a knack for adventure; climbing trees and swimming in the brooks like no sheep before her. One night, when the echoes of howling wolves ring out from the forest and all the way to morning, Charlotte ventures out to find out why. But what she finds instead surprises her. This sweet read shows that you don't have to be big to be brave. Recommended for kids aged three to five.

This article first appeared in the February 2015 of Young Parents magazine. Young Parents, published by SPH Magazines, is available in both digital and print formats. To subscribe and for more parenting stories, go to www.youngparents.com.sg/subscription.

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