|Item Weight||1.4 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||6.3 x 6 x 3 inches|
|Item model number||89520|
|Number of Items||1|
|Size||9 3/4"W x 11 1/4"H x 3"D|
|Sheet Size||9 3/4"W x 11 1/4"H x 3"D inches|
|Manufacturer Part Number||89520|
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- The Shepherd on the Search, a fun family activity that celebrates the birth of Christ.
- Help Mom create a meaningful tradition for her family. Includes a beautifully illustrated interactive storybook with dust jacket, 9.5" plush Shepherd and a Nativity keepsake box.
- Includes a beautifully illustrated interactive storybook with dust jacket
- 9.5" plush Shepherd
- Nativity keepsake box.
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I didn't just want a toy to hide and do silly stuff (like the elf) I wanted it to be something that drew them more to Jesus and to share the good news of Jesus' birth with others, a very intentional tradition. The idea of using the online recipe cards sounded great, but didn't work for us because each day is more of an activity then a way to hide him and have it correlate to Jesus. I again found myself changing it almost every day and making it all our own because of not having time to prep for the activity or so the activity.
I will explain some of the things that bothered me.
In the book it shows a large star over the stable and makes it seem like he is following it and on the online "recipe cards" they mention the shepherds following the star. This doesn't line up with the bible. "The shepherd followed the bright star...", "The lights help us remember that the shepherds followed the bright star to find baby Jesus." Which the shepherds did not do in the Bible, that was the Magi.
"Telling kids like me to stay....I couldn't stay behind and miss this miracle so great....I couldn't follow close behind because the shepherds might say, 'No!'"
The little boy shepherd is told to stay behind and he doesn't listen and runs away. Is that really necessary?! I don't want to teach my kids it's ok to disobey or to run away to get what you want.
"The night looked very different when the shepherds weren't around; I jumped with fear and shivered when I heard a scary sound."
It shows a dark page with spooky dark eyes glaring everywhere. My 5 year old asked if it was a bad creature and why did it have to be so spooky. There is no need to put a scary page and teach them to be afraid of the dark. I'm not overprotective, but this wasn't necessary in a dun family book.
This may not be deal breakers for some, but I wish I would have known about them before I made the purchase.
First, the good about this set:
I'm glad a company has come out with a Christ-centered alternative to elf on the shelf. The plush shepherd doll is so cute!
Now for my reservations, most of which involve the storybook.
(1) The little boy shepherd mentions that he was told to stay behind but he disobeyed and went anyway. The book gives his reasoning,
"I couldn't stay behind and miss this miracle so great;
I had to see Messiah so I didn't hesitate!"
I don't like books presenting disobedience to parents as a good thing. Many times our children feel that they have good reasons for doing things that we adults know could be dangerous, etc., so I wish the book had presented that part a little differently.
(2) The latter half of the book explains the process of how the shepherd will hide each day, and it includes a sort of coming to life aspect: "You see, at Christmastime when you are cozy, fast asleep, I'll pay your house a visit, careful not to make a peep..." We prefer not to tell our children that the shepherd moves himself around (our children will know that we are hiding him each day), so I wanted to note this for other families who may not like this aspect of the story.
If you are looking for something that is very similar to elf on the shelf, except with more focus on Jesus instead of Santa, this is a good alternative.