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/.
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 newborn King?
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?”
Beautifully illustrated and written with such good teachings. Although a five year old warming his hands at a fire initially alarmed me, I had to remember that was probably how they did things back then. Sometimes the boy seemed awfully tall for five, but that's not a big deal either. What was a problem for my aging eyes was some of the wording sometimes was lost in the illustrations and I had to re-read it a few times. I have no problem re-reading God's word though, so once I could see it, it was okay.
No matter the nit-pickey imperfections this book has, God's teachings and his words come alive through Cheryl's writing. It shines brightly through, and as a parent, that is what you want your kids getting too. The children won't notice those imperfections either.
Definitely a great book with the holiday season barreling down. One both parents and the kids will enjoy together.
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