November 15, 2011

Little Shephard by Cheryl Malandrinos

Little Shepherd is a Christian Children's Picture Book.

Five-year-old Obed is a shepherd, his greatest joy is protecting the sheep from wolves.  His father has entrusted the care of his first flock and Obed is determined to be wise beyond his years.

On the night that a special baby is born and an Angel descends upon them; the Shepherds wish to go pay their respects, but Obed doesn't wish to leave his sheep behind.

Obed's father explains to the young boy that everything will be protected by God and not to worry, it is an important mission that they have been set upon and reluctantly, Obed agrees and goes with the other Shepherds to Bethlehem.

Along the way, Obed learns patience, obedience and faith.  He is pleased to see his father happy and rejoices in the miracles and the blessings of God.

I loved the story of Obed and the journey he found himself upon.  I thought the retelling of Luke 2:8-16 was commendable in its approach.  The tale is delightful and faith affirming.

I enjoyed reading the tale through Obed's eyes, giving the reader another side to a story we have heard for since childhood.  The message is a great one to be read to your own child and they will love the outcome of the story.

I would give Little Shepherd a four out of five stars.  I thought the illustrations by Eugene Ruble were a bit dark in places and it made for reading some of the text difficult.  The pictures and the prose blended together on a couple of pages and if a child were reading this, they may get frustrated having to differentiate the words through the pictures.  While the drawings were a great addition, I found the lines to be dark and not as appealing as they could be.

I think this would make a wonderful addition to any home library, church day cares or libraries in general, it is a great book to have and enjoy!

SYNOPSIS:
In the hills outside Bethlehem, Obed guards his first flock of sheep. When the angels appear to tell of the Savior's birth, he is hesitant to follow the others to see the new King. When Obed returns to his sheep, he realizes it is a night of miracles. Suggested age for readers: 4 - 8


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1 comment:

childrensandteensbookconnection said...

Thanks for the great review of Little Shepherd. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Readers can find a video trailer for the book at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rA2KStzoCPo and they can order autographed copies of the book from my website at ccmalandrinos.com

Thanks again.

Cheryl