Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Review & Giveaway: Little Shepherd

Little Shepherd by Cheryl C. Malandrinos, Illustrations by Eugene Ruble

Cheryl has given you the opportunity to to win a gift basket of Christmas goodies and Christmas themed prizes. Please leave a comment, along with your e-mail address to be entered. Anyone who signs up during her virtual tour will be entered. Deadline December 17th.

Cheryl is also running a giveaway on her Little Shepherd blog, click here for details.

Publication Date: August 2010
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing Inc.
Format: Paperback, 16 pp
Genre: Children's Storybook
ISBN-13: 9781616330859
ISBN: 1616330856

(Received for review from Pump Up Your Book Promotions)

Synopsis (Courtesy of Barnes & Noble):

In the hills outside Bethleham, Obed guards his first flock of sheep. When the angels appear to tell of the Savior's birth, he is hesitant to follow the others to see the new King. When Obed returns to his sheep he realizes it is a night of miracles.

Suggested age, for readers 4-8


Cheryl Malandrinos has crafted a wonderful re-telling of the night of the Savior's birth. Told through the eyes of a young shepherd boy, Obed, Little Shepherd gives readers a view of the Nativity that will enchant the young and old. Eugene Ruble's illustrations enhance the story and bring life to the characters in this rendition of the beloved story of the first Christmas.

Obed, is watching his very first flock of sheep and is reluctant to leave them even when angels appear to him and the other shepherds, heralding the birth of a King. He worried that thieves might steal the sheep or wolves might destroy them. After seeing the new baby and his family they return to the fields. Obed is astounding to find that the sheep are safe and sound. It is truly a night of miracles.

Malandrinos has a knack for writing in a way that young children will be able to imagine young Obed, worried for his animals even in the presence of baby Jesus. He didn't know then, who this baby would become. I think that kids will find it easy to understand and easy to identify with Obed, because they don't always understand the significance of events at the time, either. The author makes Obed's father seem wise and kind and Obed is good boy who listens and obeys his father in spite of his own worries.

I loved the illustrations by Eugene Ruble as well. It gives the book that wonderful storybook quality that makes the story seem richer. The colors in the illustrations really jump off the page and make the reader interested in seeing what the next page is going to look like.

Being a mother and a Christian, I am always looking for books to share with my children. Though both of my girls are older than the suggested age group for this book, they really enjoyed hearing one of their favorite stories told in a different way. I look forward to more from the author and plan to share this wonderful book with the children at our church.

I recommend Little Shepherd to parents who want to show their children a different perspective of a age-old story. It is an beautiful re-telling of the first Christmas story that will bring the joy of the season into the lives of our little ones.

Little Shepherd is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.

I'm giving this one 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag!

Cheryl Malandrinos is a freelance writer and editor from Western Massachusetts. She is a founding member of Musing Our Children, and editor and chief of the group's quarterly newsletter, Pages & Pens. Ms. Malandrinos is also a blogger, book reviewer, and online publicist. Little Shepherd is her first children's book.

Eugene Ruble's 40 years of art encompasses: graphic art and design, freelance illustration, and cartooning, working with publishers, corporations and individual clients. Ruble teaches caricature art, cartooning, painting and basic drawing classes at St. Louis community centers, public schools, YMCAs and colleges. He also illustrates children's books. Look for his books at Guardian Angel Publishing. Eugene is a 30-year Distinguished Member of the St. Louis Artists' Guild.


Cheryl said...

Dear Debbie,

I am nearly speechless over your wonderful review of Little Shepherd. My heart skips a beat knowing you and your family enjoyed it so much.

Thank you for your support with my first children's book.

I would like to remind your readers that anyone who leaves a comment here today will be entered in to win a gift basket of Christmas themed prizes. I'll need an email address so that I can contact the winner.

I am also running another giveaway too. Readers can find details at my Little Shepherd Blog -

Thanks again for brightening my day.

All my best,


justpeachy36 said...

Thanks for stopping by Cheryl... I will add the giveaway details to my post a little later today.

cheryl c said...

Congrats on the GREAT review, Cheryl! :-)

Best wishes on the success of this book from another "Cheryl"

castings at mindspring dot com

justpeachy36 said...

Deadline is December 17 th on the giveaways...

Theresa N. said...

This would be a great book to share with kids any time of the year.
Theresa N

Book Loving Mommy said...

What a great way to read about the Saviour's birth...through the eyes of a young boy! My kids would LOVE this book and it would be a great addition to our library! Thanks for a great giveaway!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I really want to read this book to my son. I want him to know about our savior.

Cheryl said...

Thanks to all who have entered so far. I appreciate you taking the time to come out and learn about Little Shepherd.

Blessings to all,


Bookworm Lisa said...

This book sounds fabulous. I love Christmas picture books to read to my kids.

ke7yca at gmail dot com

Renee Ann said...

If it's not too late, please enter me in this giveaway. (I'm following so I'll remember to come back and visit again!) reneeasmith61 [at] yahoo [dot] com