I had a great and busy time, signing books at the NYS Sheep and Wool Festival this weekend. On my way to the booth, I passed the livestock area where I saw sheep of just about every variety (and I really regret not taking pictures, for they were adorable, but I was quite rushed.) Here’s a cute one with dreadlocks courtesy of wikimedia commons:
The sheep were really vocal. I loved hearing them, though I am not so sure they were all that happy to be there. They bleated with deep, guttural, mournful tones, sounding like a bunch of old men moaning. I’ve heard sheep before, of course, but maybe not to this extent. And it struck me that they really do say BAA! 🙂
On Saturday I sat next to Susanna Leonard Hill, signing her wonderfully clever book, Can’t Sleep Without Sheep, among others. Her lovely daughter, who was visiting from college, was there helping out. We barely got to talk or take a picture of us together, because we were so busy and I had to leave an hour after Susanna arrived. Still it was great to see her again and to meet her daughter for the first time. Here’s a quick shot I snuck in of the two of them:
On Sunday it was equally busy, until mid afternoon when the traffic slowed down, and then I got to meet Nancy Shaw, author of Sheep in a Jeep and many other great children’s books. I remember back in the late eighties, before I was published, when I used to take hoards of picture books out of my local libraries to study and learn from, Sheep in a Jeep was one that I had really enjoyed for its fun rhymes, humor and brevity. It seemed so simple, yet there was(is) a lot to it. I learned from that book how effective a few carefully chosen words can be. And I know now how hard that is to execute!
It was also nice to meet Nancy’s husband who was there helping her out.
Hmmm…now where was my helper? 🙂
And last but not least I’d like to share the contest winner’s sheep drawing!
The winner is Caty, and she and her family came to my storytime. She kept smiling shyly and afterward approached me with her drawing. I had only asked for a sheep wearing a hat and scarf but she drew a whole intricate scene! Isn’t it great? (click to enlarge.)
Congratulations, Caty! Keep drawing! You are a wonderful artist!
And finally, a big thanks to the good people at Merritt Bookstore who made this event possible!