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Ewes in the News

Annabel, the sheep with ADHD, has made it onto TV!
Here’s the Youtube video:

Annabel’s Dance‘, by Diane Jackson Hill and Lois Bury, Wombat Books, features in  reading@home – episode 8, Channel9GO . The Queensland Department of Education have produced a beautiful reading of the much-loved picture book, a character analysis and a craft activity.

Author Diane Jackson Hill gives some back-story:

Annabel’s Dance was based on two stories. One was about how a possibly annoying characteristic in a child/adult could actually be an exceptional and envied gift. Many admired people who have done great things to help our world, have been reported to have characteristics associated with ADHD or Aspergers which were difficult to deal with in childhood.

The other was about some recently found sheep that escaped shearing and ended up with 6-7 years wool growth. The first was ‘Shrek’ in New Zealand. He became very famous – having his wool shorn on an iceberg that happened to be floating past the country at the time. He was taken there by helicopter and had a special heated blanket and ice-pick booties fitted to his hooves to walk on the ice! A huge amount of $$$ for disadvantaged kids was raised by this adventure. ‘I wanted to add that to my story, but my editor said no-one would ever believe me,’ Diane said.

There’s been multiple sheep found since. Sheila and Prickles in Tasmania and Chris in New South Wales who holds the record of carrying over 40kg of wool. The latest has been a sheep found in England where a mouthful of wool actually was so unappealing to wolves, they left him alone.

Annabel’s Dance’ published by Wombat Books, is available from your favourite bookstore or signed copies from this site.

Another Annabel Discovered!

Prickles the sheep
Another real-life sheep found with 7 years wool after fleeing bushfires.

Annabel’s Dance is based on the author’s grand-daughter whose ADHD diagnosis inspired a lots of research to cope with her behaviour. At the same time, a sheep was found in New Zealand with 5 years of wool.

‘Hmmmm, that sheep could possibly have ADHD,’ Diane thought. And so Annabel’s story was born. The mob find her characteristics really annoying at first, but then realise those same characteristics get her ahead in life. Sound familiar?

A story about being comfortable in your own skin (wool) and making the most of your opportunities.

No mention of ADHD, but gives inspiration and understanding to kids, peers, parents and teachers.

Signed copies and home study notes are available HERE.


Prickles the sheep returns home
Rescued, loaded and headed for the shearing shed

Prickles the sheep returns home to Dunalley farm after fleeing 2013 bushfires