Title: Smudge, the Little Lost Lamb
Author: James Herriot
Major Themes: England, Farming, Lambs, Sheep
Synopsis: A lamb thinks he just has to get through a hole and out of his pasture, but what happens when he does?
I love reading James Herriot’s children’s stories to my little people. They love the stories, too! Not only is the story lovely and simple, and the subject very interesting, the pictures are wonderful! Ruth Brown has painted beautiful pictures for Smudge the Little Lost Lamb. I’ve never been to England, but feel like I know what the countryside looks like through the pictures in these books.
Smudge is a little Swaledale lamb with a twin sister. Farmer Cobb gives the lambs to his son Harry because Harry got up early to help his father with the sheep. For a few weeks all goes well, until Smudge finds a hole in the fence and gets out. Whee! Freedom is fun…until he gets hungry and can’t find a way back into the pasture. And then it snows. What will happen to Smudge now? You’ll have to read the story to find out!
Any little child who likes animals will love this book. As an individual title, it is out of print, but as one of the titles in James Herriot’s Treasury for Children you can get it along with seven other equally wonderful stories.
Listening Level—Ages 1 – 2, 3 – 4, 5 – 8
Reading Independently—Ages 7 – 9