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Chilly Billy

Chilly Billy
Chilly Billy
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Born on a cold winter day, Chilly Billy frolics with the other lambs. They decide to go under the fence and make fun of Billy…even nicknamed him ‘Silly Billy,’ because he wouldn’t follow them. Find out what happens…and why Billy wasn’t so silly after all.   


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What People Say “Having worked with sheep for 65 years, Chilly Billy is a most interesting story that accurately brings alive sheep farm life in the winter and spring in West Virginia. Lambs are curious, follow a leader, and easily get into trouble. The lambs find exciting adventure can be dangerous and they were saved just in time. This book is a good lesson for children (Chilly Billy wasn’t so silly after all).” --Reverend Calvin McCutcheon—He sheared his 100,000th sheep at he WV State Fair in 2014 at the age of 77.
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Known for her lessons from nature, Melinda reminds her readers they need to question their choices. It’s easy to “follow the flock,” but sometimes the outcomes are not desirable. The grass is not always greener on the other side. Sue Ann Maxwell Spiker captures the beauty of the story through her artwork.

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Pages: 32
Reading Level: Intermediate (6 to 9)
Language: English
ISBN: 9781882658305
Categories: Animals & Creatures, Family & Friends, Growing Up
Features: Illustrations
Keywords: sheep, farm, fitting in, social issues, self esteem, farmer, barn
Date Added: June 2, 2015
Deep in the Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia it was lambing time at Farmer Lynns It seems the most likely time for lambs to be born is in the middle of the night when the snow is the deepest and the air is the coldest  Farmer Lynn had taken all the precautions he could making sure his ewes were in the barn protected from the chill of the wind and from predators like coyotes He also made a point of checking on them regularly even in the middle of the night to be sure if a lamb was born it wouldnt freeze It was an unseasonably cold night in mid January when farmer Lynn made his usual trek to the barn The freshfallen snow already covered his tracks from his last trip only a few hours earlier The wind whipped his face as he tried to shield his head in his heavy parka but he was still chilled to the bone   Slowly opening the barn door he was not surprised to find a newborn lamb still wet from birth The ewe was busy cleaning the lamb but she still couldnt stop the ice from forming on his ears Farmer Lynn softly nestled the newborn in his warm parka drying the lamb off at the same time