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Check It Out: Don’t be sheepish, give titles a try

By Jan Johnston
Published: March 30, 2024, 6:05am

A lion or a lamb — how will March make room for April? The forecast shows a gentle departure, so perhaps more woolly than furry this year.

A tribute to sheep seems appropriate for today’s column. For those who have always wanted to have pet sheep, “The Backyard Sheep: An Introductory Guide to Keeping Productive Pet Sheep” offers advice and guidance for caretakers of Little Bo-Peep’s crew. If you don’t want to count sheep in your backyard, but counting sheep in your head isn’t curing your insomnia, check out “Hello Sleep: The Science and Art of Overcoming Insomnia Without Medications.” Get ready to go baaa-ck to sleep.

I enjoy wearing wool scarves during the winter months, but I know next to nothing about the wool industry. “Raw Material: Working Wool in the West” tells one knitter’s search for local yarn, her side job as a sheep shearer, and her inside view into the textile industry. Related to the production of wool but from the perspective of a shepherd, “The Shepherd’s View: Modern Photographs from an Ancient Landscape” offers full color photographs of the English Lake District including sheep competitions, sheep dogs at work and a shepherd’s view of a way of life very different from the hustle and bustle of modern times.

Finally, when I think of sheep — all farm animals, really — I think of James Herriot. His “All Creatures Great and Small” is a classic memoir of Herriot’s adventures as a veterinary surgeon in England. Add “The Wonderful World of James Herriot” to your sheepish reading list.

“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.” — James Herriot

  • “The Backyard Sheep: An Introductory Guide to Keeping Productive Pet Sheep” by Sue Weaver.
  • “Hello Sleep: The Science and Art of Overcoming Insomnia Without Medications” by Jade Wu.
  • “Raw Material: Working Wool in the West” by Stephany Wilkes.
  • “The Shepherd’s View: Modern Photographs from an Ancient Landscape” by James Rebanks.
  • “The Wonderful World of James Herriot” by James Herriot.
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