Book Review: The Very Best Sheepdog Written by Pinny Grylls and illustrated by Rosie Wellesley

Thanks to this book my children now want to own their own sheepdog. This is a simple tale encompassing concepts of farming, friendship and persevering. I must admit that the story itself is not particularly unusual and over the years we have read a lot of very similar stories. However, it has been interesting to use it to explore farming concepts with the children and it will make a useful addition to my school summer holiday home schooling toolkit.

One of the ongoing issues I have is trying to explain to the children why its worthwhile to persevere with things which don’t come easily to them, this book does make quite a useful addition to my armoury for explaining that concept. It is very easy for this age group to give up too quickly and anything which explains why you shouldn’t in a subtle, friendly and engaging way should be treasured.

The story is brought to life by some lovely illustrations and they really have captured a ‘countryside’ feel and coupled with the typeface makes the book stand out from the rest.

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