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Product Details

  • Paperback: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc; large type edition edition (August 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616330856
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616330859
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,052,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cheryl Malandrinos wrote a wonderful new approach to an old old telling of the Christmas story of the birth of baby Jesus.
Lynda S Burch
The illustrations by Eugene Ruble are simply breathtaking and the author has the gift of story-telling that only seasoned children book authors have.
Dorothy Thompson
Though it is an age-old story, one most people have heard, the night the angels visited the shepherds is told from a shepherd boy's point of view.
Marilyn Meredith

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donna M. McDine on October 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
Wise beyond his years, young Obed has become a seasoned shepherd boy. Acutely aware of the hillside surroundings while tending his flock Obed stares at the sky in wonderment. A single bright light fills the sky. At first afraid, Obed felt a calmness wash over him as the beautiful angels descend, proclaiming "A Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord."

Unsure what their message means, Obed looks to his father for guidance. With reassurances from his father, Obed and the older shepherds journey to Bethlehem to meet the newborn King. Their journey and meeting Christ the Lord is nothing less than miraculous.

Your fist reaction may be, oh goodness another story on the birth of Christ. Toss those thoughts away and immerse yourself and your children into the magical arrival of Christ the Lord. Children's author, Cheryl C. Malandrinos has re-explored and created a beautiful re-enactment of Christ the Lord's birth in a unique and awe inspiring rendition which surely will become classical reading in Christian religious school studies and home libraries.

The old time illustrations expertly created by illustrator, Eugene Ruble will leave you feeling that you journeyed through the countryside with Obed and his fellow shepherds.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beth B. Reinke on September 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
While helping his father guard their sheep by night, five-year-old Obed is among the first to hear of the Savior's birth. Angels send the shepherds to see the newborn baby, but Obed doesn't want to go. Who will guard his sheep from wolves?

Little Shepherd is a delightful retelling of Luke 2:8-16 through the eyes of a young boy who is learning about responsibility and obedience. Through his father's example and a night of miracles, Obed experiences the peace that comes from trusting God.

I especially loved how the author showed Obed's sense of wonder and his growing faith toward the end of the story. I recommend this book for anyone four years old and up. It would make a perfect reading for children's church during Advent or at home for the whole family on Christmas Eve.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K.M. Daughters Fan on October 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
The Christmas liturgy, presented from a child's point of view - simple, innocent, open to wondrous occurrences - both highlights the majesty and wonder of Christ's birth and makes the liturgy accessible to God's beloved little ones. I bought four copies already for the children in my family and I can't wait to present them. I'm sure this book will be treasured and read over and over again. This is a beautiful version of the greatest story ever told and I highly recommend it.
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Little Shepherd By Cheryl G. Malandrinos
Illustrated by Eugene E. Ruble

Just turning five years old, Obed's father had entrusted him with a flock of his own sheep to tend to. One this one particular night while he and his father watched the sheep, a bright star lightened up the sky. Not knowing what was going on, Obed was a little afraid, until a host of angels appeared praising God telling them that a Savior had been born in Bethlehem. Immediately Obed's father wanted to go see this special child. Being so faithful to his flock of sheep, Obed didn't understand why his father would want to leave them alone to go see this child. And what surprises they had coming to them throughout the rest of this book, because this is the wonderful Christmas story, the story of our Savior's birth.

Little Shepherd is an adorable version of the Christmas story written just for children. I love that Cheryl told the story through a small shepherd boy, so even a child can understand what it must have been like on that wonderful special night that Jesus was born. And having the child go with his dad to see the baby Jesus makes this book so very special. And it is simple enough that even my 2 ½ year old niece can understand it.
And I have always been fascinated with illustrations in children's books, especially since I am not artistic at all! And the illustrations here by Eugene Ruble are awesome! I sat for a while looking at the pictures, wondering why he used the reds and pinks as highlight colors, and checking out the details, and each page is just fantastic! The colors are beautiful and I love the choice in creating the characters. They will sure capture the young reader's interest. And well it captured mine too!

Overall, this book is just wonderfully awesome!
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How would a 5-year-old boy experience the birth of Jesus? Debut children's author Cheryl Malandrinos ponders the scenario in "Little Shepherd." She allows her readers to witness firsthand the coming of the Messiah. She transports them to the stable in Bethlehem placing her readers in the very presence of the Holy Family on that silent night over 2,000 years ago. Such a story is sure to make an impact on the mind of a young reader in a way that few books can. The shepherds found under a child's Christmas tree are brought to life. Their story and symbolism become significant and not an afterthought. They are not merely figurines representing some ancient tale, but flesh and blood individuals who were alive to experience a truly miraculous event.

Malandrinos' touch is similar to the style of the classic Rankin/Bass animated TV specials from the 1960s and 1970s such as "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "The Little Drummer Boy" and "The Year Without a Santa Claus." It is in league with the timeless, quality children's entertainment that endures through generations. It is one of those books that has the ability to become deeply ingrained in a child's memory as one of the traditions that they associate with the holiday itself. What is admirable about Malandrinos' approach is that she doesn't shy away from the holiday's true religious foundation in order to appeal to children through talking snowmen and fun-loving elves. Instead, she brings the heart of the Nativity front and center capturing children's attention by telling the story from the point-of-view of someone their age.
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Cheryl Malandrinos is a freelance writer, children's author, and editor. She is the author of LITTLE SHEPHERD and A CHRISTMAS KINDNESS, which was written under the name C. C. Gevry. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), a book reviewer, and blogger. Ms. Malandrinos lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and two children. She also has a son who is married.

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