5 Minutes for Books:
Who Loves the Little Lamb?

by Guest Contributor

Simplicity is sometimes under-appreciated in children’s books, but I think there’s something to be said for a book with minimal text and adorable illustrations that also leaves both child and parent with a warm feeling. Lezlie Evans’ new picture book for young children, titled Who Loves the Little Lamb?, is simple but quite lovely.

Featuring a cast of babies including a “fussy lamb,” a “pouting calf,” and a “messy pup” among others, the story shows animals portraying many of the behaviors that seem to come naturally to young children, yet so often are bothersome to their parents. Yet, these loving mamas respond with tenderness and compassion on page after page, finding ways to encourage better behavior while still expressing their love. As the mama of three children who seem to only have one volume setting- EXTRA LOUD- I particularly enjoy one mother-child interaction depicted:

Who loves the noisy bird?

“Sing sweetly, please, you’ll still be heard.” Mama loves her little bird.

The softness of David McPhail’s illustrations perfectly match the tone of this dear book, creating a beautiful visual to accompany the reassuring text. My own toddler and preschooler have both enjoyed our multiple readings of Who Loves the Little Lamb?, and even more importantly to this (too-often-impatient) mama, I very much appreciated the reminders these animal mothers provided for me.

Luckily, five of you can win a copy of Lezlie Evans’ Who Loves the Little Lamb?, signed by the author! Please leave one comment here to be entered, U.S. and Canada residents only, please.

We’ll announce the winner on May 10 right here in the 5 Minutes for Books column.

Also, over at 5 Minutes for Books, we recently featured TWO wonderfully informative pieces by author Lezlie Evans entitled

Parents of children all ages will find helpful tips that encourage children to develop a love for books!

The winners of My Brother Charlie, a great picture book from the point of view of a girl whose brother has autism, are #2 Sarah at themommylogues (autographed copy!), #50 Gianna, and #45 Rebecca.

Healthy Sex Drive, Healthy You is still open for entries. We also have several giveaways going on right now at 5 Minutes for Books, including a fun new book called the Book of Awesome. Check them out.

Dawn has always loved books and is proud to be a part of the 5 Minutes for Books team. She also deeply loves her own “pouting calf,” “naughty kid,” and “noisy bird.” Their pouts, naughtiness, and noisiness are often on display at her blog, my thoughts exactly.



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1 Hailey April 26, 2010 at 12:40 am

Me! I want to win a copy! I lovelovelove books around here. ;-)

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2 Kelly Ann T. April 26, 2010 at 2:31 am

This would be a perfect book to read to Sidney before bedtime. Please enter me and thank you.

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3 Jen April 26, 2010 at 6:24 am

absolutely adorable! I’d love to win. Thanks!

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4 MaryBeth April 26, 2010 at 7:36 am

This sounds like a lovely book!!

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5 Jessica April 26, 2010 at 8:37 am

Sounds like a great book.

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6 Donna C. April 26, 2010 at 10:39 am

What an adorable book. Would love to win. Thanks

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7 Kristina April 26, 2010 at 12:04 pm

So sweet….I would love to win a copy!

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8 Ellen C. April 26, 2010 at 12:05 pm

I’d love to win this book for my sister. Thanks for the chance.

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9 CBH April 26, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Lezlie is soooo on target! With so much electronic media available for upcoming tweens and teens, it is imperative to keep an open relationship with our kids on what reading material they are interested in. Setting an example for the types of beneficial reading materials available plays a huge role in how they view reading. Discussing topics they are interested in and supporting their interests with electronic and physical reading, can support an open line of communication for thoughts or issues they might want to discuss, but haven’t been able to bring up on their own. A family book club is a great way to keep the relationship going with older kids. Sometimes a book might be the only thing a parent has in common with their tween/teen, and when all else fails, the book becomes the source of carrying on the relationship. If we start reading and discussing when they’re little, then when they are older, it could become a valuable tool for more insightful parenting. Thank you for sharing your expertise on this issue Lezlie!

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10 Becca K April 26, 2010 at 12:25 pm

I would love to win this book! So cute.

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11 Kristin April 26, 2010 at 12:30 pm

One of my twins LOVES lambs (maybe a bit too much) and would adore this book!

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12 Tori Close April 26, 2010 at 2:17 pm

So sweet! Would love to read this to my grandbabies. :)

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13 Penny Hull April 26, 2010 at 4:16 pm

I have 2 adorable granddaughters I would love to give one of these to.
Penny

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14 Laura King April 26, 2010 at 8:51 pm

Always looking for a new book for my baby!

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15 Crystal April 26, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Looks like a super cute book!~

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16 Upstatemomof3 April 26, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Oh I just love children’s books – okay I just love books – any and all books but I do love adding to my kids’ library. :)

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17 erin April 26, 2010 at 11:03 pm

i love getting new books to read to my son

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18 Page Turner (Heather) April 26, 2010 at 11:21 pm

I love lambs, and my kids do, too. I’d love to add this to our collection or give it as a gift!

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19 marty April 27, 2010 at 1:53 am

My little bookworms would eat this up ;)

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20 Tammy Gordon April 27, 2010 at 6:12 am

Would love to win this!

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21 Rose April 27, 2010 at 9:40 am

Cute! I’d love to share this book with my daughter!

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22 LaVonne April 27, 2010 at 12:02 pm

We love children’s book here. My toddler would love this one. Thanks for offering.

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23 MJ April 27, 2010 at 3:50 pm

I’d love this for my kindergarten class.

mj.coward[at]gmail.com

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24 Linda Kish April 27, 2010 at 7:21 pm

This looks so cute.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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25 Linda Kish April 27, 2010 at 7:26 pm

Email subscriber

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26 Shari April 27, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Oh, my sweet little lamb would love this book! Thanks!

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27 Sarah - PS Mom Reviews April 27, 2010 at 8:42 pm

What a cute book!

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28 Niki Ryan April 28, 2010 at 3:06 pm

A “fussy lamb,” a “pouting calf,” and a “messy pup” – That sounds like my house!

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29 Idaho Jill April 28, 2010 at 4:32 pm

looks so sweet, thanks!

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30 Mary April 28, 2010 at 9:56 pm

This sounds like such a sweet book!

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31 Shawna OBrien May 1, 2010 at 12:14 am

I just Love “Who Loves The Little Lamb” What a sweet and wonderful book. My boys would just love it. Especially my eldest who is learning to read. Thanks for the opportunity!

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32 Wendy May 1, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Please enter me. What a cute cover on this book.

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33 Diana May 2, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Sweet! Books are great!

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34 Chantel May 2, 2010 at 4:01 pm

This sounds like a wonderful book. I remember my favourite books when I was little were very simple but memorable.

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35 Cleo May 3, 2010 at 12:21 am

What a SWEET book!
LOOOOVE children’s lit!
Here’s to praying I win! :)

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36 Karyn Hostetter May 3, 2010 at 7:14 am

This book looks so neat! Would love to win for my kids!

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37 rebecca May 3, 2010 at 9:59 am

we love books!

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38 shawna May 3, 2010 at 12:28 pm

I would love to win this adorable book for my daughter. thanks for the chance!
mainlandmama at gmail dot com

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39 Larry May 4, 2010 at 8:33 am

The cover is cute and it looks like a great childrens book. Thanks for the giveaway :)

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40 Alanna May 4, 2010 at 10:41 am

I’ve heard the author read it out loud and now I definitely want a copy! Pick me, please!

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41 Marj McClendon May 4, 2010 at 3:58 pm

What a sweet book for my little great granddaughter. I’d love to win it.

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42 Tiffany O. May 4, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Sounds great! I’d love it.

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43 katklaw777 May 6, 2010 at 5:14 am

My niece would luv this one, thanks.

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44 Julie May 6, 2010 at 2:12 pm

What a sweet book! And such a great little lesson!

jewell330 at aim dot com

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45 Mozi Esmes Mommy May 9, 2010 at 12:43 am

We posted about this giveaway at Winning Readings: http://winningreadings.blogspot.com/2010/05/who-loves-little-lamb.html

And I’d love to share this with my daughter!

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

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46 Some Lucky Dog May 10, 2010 at 12:33 am

This sounds like a precious book to read to our littlest grandson :)

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