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PP and The Hungry Sheep

 

Description:

This short story was based upon the winter of 1963 which saw the country in the grip of severe snowfalls and record breaking cold temperatures. January and February saw many of the Saddleworth villages cut off for days on end. Many of the homes had no electricity as the overhead cables had collapsed under the weight of freezing snow. More than ever the camaraderie and neighbourly support was felt and shared by all in looking after each other. The severe weather caused the sheep from the surrounding Moors to take refuge in the village where farmers and villagers came together to provide emergency shelter and food for them.

 
Our Thoughts & Review:

Yes, “our” thoughts, because today I am joined by my mini book addict to review this lovely book.  Being almost three, I thought this book would be perfect for my daughter as it combines some of her great loves; snow, sheep and lovely bright pictures.  She absolutely loved this book, and it’s now a regular feature in the bedtime book pile (which seems to be growing at an alarming rate!).

With delightful and bright illustrations this book quickly catches the eye of younger readers as well as older ones, and they remind me of the illustrations in books from when I was a child, so there was something comforting and homely about reading this story.  The bright images were crisp and clear so that my little one could point to various pictures and tell me what was happening etc on that page.

The book tells the story of a bad snowfall in the village of Diggle and how it has a great impact on the villagers, Policeman Pete ensuring that people are helped to safety when their homes are without electricity.  The children of the village seem to be having the most fun with the snow, building snowmen and having snowball fights.  Everyone seems to be pulling together to make the best of a tricky situation until Farmer Bill and Policeman Pete discover a flock of hungry and cold sheep who have come down off the Moors in search of shelter and food.  In a show of wonderful community spirit, the local villagers pull together to ensure there is shelter for the sheep and hay is brought for them.

The tale has great feel to it, showing the power of community spirit and the importance of helping each other when difficult situations arise, which is an important message to explain to children.  The way in which the author presents this will appeal to younger readers as the story is fun, they will be able to grasp the concept of the sheep needing help because they are cold and hungry and it helped to create the idea of a friendly police officer who helps people like our other favourite, Fireman Sam.

Living in a rural setting like Diggle, we found this story particularly fun and will be buying some more of the books to expand our collection.

You can buy a copy of Policeman Pete & The Hungry Sheep via Amazon

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Policeman Pete’s Home Safety Tips

Policeman Pete asks that all children should try to learn their full name and also their mummy and daddy’s name. As soon as they are able the child should know their full address.

For the last of Policeman’s Pete’s tips for safety around animals please visit Books From Dusk Till Dawn – https://booksfromdusktilldawn.wordpress.com/ and check out Whispering Stories http://whisperingstories.com/ for tomorrow’s tip.

 

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