by Cheryl C. Malandrinos
Illustrations by Eugene E. Ruble
Five year Obed has just been entrusted with his first flock of sheep when one chilly night a bright light fills the sky. Angels fill the night sky delivering a message about a newborn baby.
To Obed's surprise Father and the other shepherds all head to Bethlehem to see the sight the angels said they would see. But Obed is worried about the sheep they are leaving unguarded. What about the wolves that have been howling throughout the night. But Father assures him that the sheep will be safe.
What they found was what the angels had told them a baby in a manger surrounded by animals and his parents. But as the wolves continued to howl Obed couldn't understand why he alone seemed concerned for their flocks. Did no one else hear the predators?
When they returned, to Obed's utter amazement not a sheep or lamb was lost! Somehow Father had known that this would be the case. It was a part of the miracle of the night filled angels, a newborn baby and unguarded sheep. This would be a night Obed would remember!
The Little Shepherd is the perfect book to share the joy and wonder of the season with your children or grandchildren. Children with feel a connection with Obed as he is 5 and thus be drawn into the story from the opening.
I was provided a copy of this book in conjunction with this Pump Up Your Book blog tour in exchange for my honest review.
About the book:
Obed is in the hills outside Bethlehem when the angels appear to announce the Savior's birth.
Can he trust that the miracle of the first Christmas will keep his flock safe while he visits the
Off in the distance, a wolf howled. Obed moved closer to his flock, scanning the hills for any
sign of a pack that might race in and steal his sheep. His family depended upon the sheep for
food and their wool for clothing. No sheep would be lost under his watch.
He shivered inside his cloak. While the days were getting warmer, the nights still chilled him. He
walked over to the large fire blazing inside the pit. He rubbed his hands together and held them
up to the fire to warm them.
Above him, the sky twinkled with millions of stars. Obed couldn’t remember a night so clear.
Suddenly, a bright light filled the sky.
Obed trembled. “Father, what is happening?”
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About the author:
Cheryl Malandrinos is a freelance writer, children’s author and editor. Her first children’s book,
Little Shepherd, was released in August 2010 by Guardian Angel Publishing. She is a member
of the SCBWI, a book reviewer, and blogger. Cheryl also writes under the name of C. C. Gevry.
Ms. Malandrinos lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and two children. She also
has a son who is married.
Visit Cheryl online at http://ccmalandrinos.com and
the Little Shepherd book blog at http://littleshepherdchildrensbook.blogspot.com/.
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