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Little Shepherd Virtual Book Tour
Join Cheryl C. Malandrinos, author of the Christmas children’s picture book, Little Shepherd (Guardian Angel Publishing, August 2010) as she virtually tours the blogosphere in November and December 2011 on her second virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!
About Cheryl C. Malandrinos
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 also a member of the SCBWI.
Cheryl is a Tour Coordinator for Pump Up Your Book, a book reviewer, and blogger. She is also a former contributor for the Writer2Writer eZine. Ms. Malandrinos lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and two children. She also has a son who is married.
About Little Shepherd
Obed is in the hills outside Bethlehem on the night of Christ’s birth. Can he trust the miracle of Christmas to keep his flock safe while he visits the newborn King?
Read an excerpt!
“Let us go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us,” Father said to the men.
“What about the sheep?” Obed’s brow furrowed.
Father’s smile drew deep lines into a face well worn by many days in the sun. He set his gaze on the sky, then down into Obed’s curious, brown eyes. “Somehow, I think they will be safe.”
Obed’s eyes widened in amazement. “Father, surely we mustn’t leave them alone.”
“The angels must want us to see this Savior. Come now, let us not waste any more time,” his father said.
My Thoughts about Little Shepard
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! It will be a great addition to your child’s library. Even if you have a lot of other books about the birth of Jesus, you need this one too because it is so different. It is another way to help children understand what happened on that night of miracles!
This book was provided by the author through PUYB blog tours. I was not expected to give a positive review, only an honest one. The opinions in this review are mine only.
What Others Are Saying
“Little Shepherd by Cheryl C. Malandrinos is a fresh rendition of the familiar story of the angels appearing to the shepherds in the field and announcing the birth of the Savior. The unique slant to this particular retelling of the scriptural story is that the reader sees the event through the eyes of a little shepherd boy, tending his first-ever flock of sheep. As a grandmother, I would be delighted to read this story to my grandchildren. As such, I recommend it to parents/grandparents/teachers everywhere who wish to bring this passage of scripture to life for impressionable young hearts to understand”.
–Kathi Macias, radio host and award-winning author of more than 30 books, including the Extreme Devotion series and Valeria’s Cross
“Heartstrings will be tugged as readers journey to the manger with a little shepherd boy. Obed’s father entrusted him with his first flock of sheep. Everything seems to be going perfect until angels fill the sky with an unusual request. Obed’s gripping tale promises to inspire and become a family favorite.”
–Dixie Phillips, award-winning author of Stubby’s Destiny, Angel Eyes, and other Christian children’s books
“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.”
-K.M. Daughters, author of Rose of the Adriatic
“The book is a fresh reinterpretation of a familiar biblical story of the angels appearing to the shepherds announcing the birth of the Saviour. Cheryl has a unique slant on the retelling of this scriptural story. The reader will see the events unfold through the eyes of a little shepherd boy, tending his first-ever flock of sheep. It is an enchanting story that will bring the important message to young readers.”
-V.S. Grenier, author of Babysitting SugarPaw
“While the title character may have more responsibilities than a child of today, tending to an entire flock of sheep, Malandrinos balances the difference in time period by showing the child-like joy experienced by the adult shepherds at seeing the Messiah. They willingly leave their sheep – even with wolves nearby – in order to heed the angelic announcement of Jesus’ birth. He wonders what could be so important that they would do such a thing. Their reaction to the newborn intrigues him, and he yearns to discover what it all means. It is a beautiful lesson for young readers to experience. The most important thing in life is not one’s job, status or material wealth. It is God.”
–Nicole Langan, Tribute Book Reviews
“This story gives us a fresh look at the miracle that happened so long ago. This is the kind of book parents should read to their children on the night before Christmas, one that should be in every family’s library to become a family tradition.”
-Marilyn Meredith, author of Lingering Spirit