Reading/Interest Level: Primary, Intermediate
Author: Jacqueline Kelly
Illustrator: Jennifer L. Meyer
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
The adventurous and spunky Calpurnia Tate is at it again! Counting Sheep is the second book in the Girl Vet series by Jacqueline Kelly. In this book, Callie's adventures with animals include an injured butterfly and a pregnant sheep. At only thirteen-years-old, Calpurnia soaks up as much information about animals as possible, especially when she visits the office of Dr. Pritzker, the local veterinarian. Calpurnia's attention to detail comes in handy when she helps her Granddaddy repair an injured butterfly's wing. And when her mother's favorite sheep, Snow White, has complications while having her baby lamb, Calpurnia is there with her animal knowledge to save the day!
Counting Sheep is an excellent read for young animal lovers as it is full of educational material. Readers will learn about butterflies, porcupines, sheep, and more in this exciting story. Kelly's short novel is a great option for reluctant readers because they can immerse themselves in the story while not feeling overwhelmed as independent readers. Calpurnia is a fun and feisty main character who is going places in life. She's a smart, independent girl who inspires young children to be motivated to work hard to reach their goals. Readers will enjoy this book and will look forward to reading about more of Calpurnia's animal adventures!