by Cheryl C. Malandrinos; illus. by Eugene Ruble
Ages 4 – 8 Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. 16 pp.
8/10 Print ISBN 13: 978-161633-085-9 eBook ISBN 13: 978-1-61633-086-6
The Little Shepherd is a story about the birth of baby Jesus told through the eyes of Obed, a young shepherd boy. Malandrinos transports readers back in time through imagery of the senses to the night where Obed tends his flock of sheep. We feel the chilly air; we hear the wolves howl and the sheep bleat. Obed, his father and the other herders are visited by the angels who announce the birth of the Savior. When Obed’s father decides that they should go to Bethlehem, Obed is afraid to leave his flock unattended. Obed’s father however, comforts him along the way. Upon arriving at the manger, Obed is amazed when he beholds baby Jesus. How can an infant be so calm? Afterward, Obed travels back to his flock, worried about what he may find. Yet, he discovers one more miracle that night. Full of bright illustrations that leap off each page, this book is a touching story, perfect for Christmas Eve.