Is it not dark enough, he wonders? He tries several things to help him fall asleep and finally he begins counting things: his legs, the stars, and even sheep. I love the art and the simple messages. I tend to like sheep books even more because of Mom anyhow! The drawings are detailed and funny and interesting. It wasn't great until at least halfway through. I'm glad to say that I found him to be an appealing character, and that I enjoyed this initial story, in which Russel struggles to get to sleep, quite a bit! I know mine sure have! I also ended up liking the art style, at least in conjunction with the story.
Response to Two Professional Reviews: While neither review seems too fond of or too against the book, I found it to be quite enjoyable. I also ended up liking the art style, at least in conjunction with the story. There is a lot of repetition with words, as well as some rhyming, which makes it a great book to teach from. Russell tries everything, from changing his apparel to using his frog companion as a pillow, to get to sleep, but in the en I have had mixed feelings about Rob Scotton's books - sometimes I enjoy them, and sometimes I am indifferent - so I was curious to see what I would make of his other picture-book hero, the ovine Russell. One likes to knit, a scarf, from another sheep's wool. Consideration of Instructional Application: While I enjoyed reading this book quite a bit, I believe it has more place as a bedtime story than in a classroom. The reason that it coincides with these standards is because Russell counts stars, then sheep in order to fall asleep.
I recommend this one for those little ones who can't seem to close those eyes and go to bed. Brief Book Summary: Russell the Sheep is having trouble getting to sleep one night, blaming everything from being too hot or cold to needing a frog for a pillow. He tries sleeping in different locations, with different people, and then counting. Annotation: For preschoolers to first graders. The dark scares him in a quiet meadow, his wool overheats him. See … according to Rob Scotton. He goes around, trying to find more comfortable places to sleep, he tries to count things, such as his legs, other animals, and even the stars, but still he cannot seem to get to sleep.
Allow the child to decide where this activity will go as far as length and depth. Find out what onomatopoeia means. In this story, Russell is the only one in Frogsbottom Field who cannot fall asleep. Because of this, I would ask your child how high they can count. As you can see, using the book, Russell the Sheep is a great way to extend some academic concepts and have some fun at the same time. Have they ever tried counting to one million before? Evaluation of Literary Elements: With the simplicity of this book, it is very believable and relatable for readers. Hopefully, when I have kids I'll know just the book they need.
The only concern I have is that when he is counting the stars, it skips for three to the millions. The hollow of a tree is too creepy. He tried different places to rest but none of his efforts seemed to work. We like to give Russell for gifts and everyone has loved him! Russell the Sheep is definitely a lower grade and age reading level. Russell the Sheep is Rob's first picture book.
When the others rise, Russell still sleeps soundly. This is a really cute book for kids who are having trouble going to bed. I don't foresee anyone having any potential problems with this book. The story is of Russell the sheep who cannot sleep. A: Develop fluency in the use of basic facts for addition and subtraction. When they go to bed one has a teddy bear and others have blankets. Ultimately, Russell decides to count sheep, which finally allows him to fall into a deep slumber.
Ask questions such as: Have you ever tried counting to one million before? Brief Book Summary: Russell the Sheep is having trouble getting to sleep one night, blaming everything from being too hot or cold to needing a frog for a pillow. He tried all sorts of methods, like covering his eyes, taking off his fur and then putting it back on. Continue gluing blue strips on the sock until you reach the top, closed toe portion of the sock. Open up a discussion based on these questions. Invite children to read these pieces out loud.
Most of the pages have much to view, and much of it is amusing. The kids didn't wiggle, the parents giggled, and everyone liked helping me count the sheep. It is also colored in the soft blues and greens, which are supposed to be calming and soothing, all very important in a going to bed book. Simple words, soft blue hues, and comical illustrations ease pre-sleep tension. Invite the children into a discussion about this word and this task. Set a timer for 10 to 15 minutes so that they don't become frustrated when they cant count any higher.
He lives in Rutland with his wife, Liz, who is also an artist. Finally he decides to count things, but it's not until he starts counting sheep that he finds something to make him sleepy. For this activity, children will have a chance to create their own little sleep cap, perfect for placing on their own dolls and stuffed animals. Russell the Sheep Lesson Plans: Ages PreK-3 Supplies Needed: Markers Old socks Scissors Construction papers Craft glue Pom poms You can complete these lessons in any order you wish. That was the only concern I had with the accuracy. I was expecting more because I'd liked the other Russell book so much.