Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Little Shepherd by Cheryl Malandrinos

Cheryl Malandrinos is a freelance writer and editor. A regular contributor for Writer2Writer, her articles focus on increasing productivity through time management and organization. A founding member of Musing Our Children, Ms. Malandrinos is also Editor in Chief of the group’s quarterly newsletter, Pages & Pens.

Cheryl is a Tour Coordinator for Pump Up Your Book, a book reviewer, and blogger. Little Shepherd is her first children’s book. Ms. Malandrinos lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and two young daughters. She also has a son who is married.

You can visit Cheryl online at or at the following blogs:

The Book Connection

Book Tours and More

The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection

About Little Shepherd

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?

Read the Excerpt!

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?”

His father dropped to the ground, his right hand blocking his eyes from the intense light.

Obed pulled the edges of his cloak closer to his face as he squinted up at the mysterious form hovering overhead. He shivered, but this time it was not because of the cold.

My Take:

This is a sweet take on the part of the Christmas Story where the angels appears to the shepherds and they go to see the baby Jesus.  This book should become a new must read every Christmas Season.  Although I no longer have children the age that this book is directed to I will be saving my copy for when I have grandchildren and I will be encouraging others to pick up a copy for their children. 

Please visit the tour webpage for a list of other blogs featuring this wonderful book here

Visit this web page to find out about some giveaways that the author is having during the blog tour.


  1. Thanks so much for your touching review. I'm glad you enjoyed the book. Little Shepherd was many years in the making.

    Wishing you and your readers the best,


  2. Ah, the excerpt makes me want to read more. It looks like a wonderful story - and I'd say that even if I didn't know the author. :-)


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