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The First Christmas Sweater (and the Sheep Who Changed Everything)

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The First Christmas Sweater (and the Sheep Who Changed Everything)

author: Ryan Tubridy
illustrator: Chris Judge

There are two things everyone knows about Hillary the sheep. One is that, unlike her typically hued friends, Hillary’s wool is all the colors of the rainbow. The other is that she adores everything about Christmas, especially Santa. So when word gets out that Mr. Claus is traveling across Ireland seeking the perfect sheep’s wool for a sweater to keep his belly warm, Hillary’s head begins to spin. Could her wool-dest dreams be about to come true? Featuring a news-loving starling named Didya, a jelly-bean-obsessed farmer, and a choir of Elvish Presley–singing elves, this sweetly comical tribute to the season will find its place among kid-pleasing holiday traditions. Already a bestseller in Ireland, it offers a welcome humorous spin on the holidays and a strong female protagonist.

In a buoyant story filled with ewe-morous puns, a multicolored sheep who loves Christmas inspires a seasonal ritual.
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$14.99 / $0.00
1536212296 /  9781536212297
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Middle-grade Novel / EBook
age range:
7 yrs - 10 yrs
# of pages/size:
144 / N/A
grade range:
Grade 2 - Grade 5
Animals; Holidays & Celebrations; Readers;
author’s comments:
Ryan Tubridy is the author of Patrick and the President, illustrated by P.J. Lynch. One of Ireland’s leading and best-loved media personalities, he is most recognized as the current host of the long-running chat show The Late Late Show. Ryan Tubridy lives in Dublin.
illustrator’s comments:
Chris Judge is the author-illustrator of The Lonely Beast, The Brave Beast, and The Snow Beast and the illustrator of the Danger Is Everywhere series by David O’Doherty. Chris Judge lives in Dublin.
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