Monday, November 4, 2013


'Tis the season. Halloween's in the past. Thanksgiving soon approaches. Then Christmas follows. A beautiful time of the year, in my opinion. Today, I have the pleasure of spotlighting Cheryl Malandrinos and her lovely book for children, LITTLE SHEPHERD. Please join us and learn more about this heartwarming story. Thanks.

I love the smile on Obed's face. Then he has something wonderful to smile about.

About the book:

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?”

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The Author Says:

Faith has played a significant role in my life. It is my desire to share this message of hope with young people. In Matthew 19:14, Jesus says to His disciples, “…Let the little children come to me…for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” We are also instructed in the Gospel of Matthew to become like little children if we wish to enter the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 18:3). My wish is that God uses me and my stories to draw children closer to Him.

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By Cheryl C. Malandrinos


What if you were outside, the stars sparkling in the sky, and an angel suddenly appeared. What if the angel spoke to you and other angels appeared, praising God? What would you do? Obed, a five-year-old shepherd boy, witnessed such an event one evening, while he and his father watched the flock. So what did they do?

In LITTLE SHEPHARD, a picture book for readers ages 4- 8, by Author Cheryl C. Malandrinos, Obed and his father decide to walk to Bethlehem, where the angel told them a “Savior has been born.” Obed worries about the sheep, but his father believes they are being cared for. I won’t give away what they find when they reach Bethlehem, but I believe young readers will follow along in anticipation of the amazing scene awaiting Obed and his father.

Cheryl C. Malandrinos has written a story about the faith and trust of a young boy in his father. LITTLE SHEPHERD is also a story of miracles. Beautiful illustrations by Eugene E. Ruble show, through facial expressions, the emotions of each character as they see the angels, worry about the sheep, and witness the scene in Bethlehem. This book would make a nice addition to church libraries, school, libraries and day care centers, and of course to your own library. LITTLE SHEPHERD is the perfect read to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. A lovely story, Ms. Malandrinos.

Happy Reading!


  1. Thanks so much for featuring Little Shepherd today, Bev. Your review warms my heart. I'm thrilled every time I see it.

    Readers can visit my tour page at if they would like to enter a giveaway for a set of 2 Little Shepherd coffee mugs.

    Many blessings to all.

  2. Christmas is such a great time of year. I love how pretty everything looks and how people are just genuinely happier.

    This book looks really cute.

  3. Thanks for stopping by, Kelly.

  4. Hi, Kelly. Thanks for leaving a comment. You're so right about Christmas bringing out the best in people. This is a lovely story, from the viewpoint of a child.

  5. LITTLE SHEPHERD is a wonderful book!

  6. Cheryl, Little Shepherd is a terrific book. Best wishes for your continued success!

    Thank you for visiting and commenting on Susanne's review of my book, Hockey Agony. Much appreciated!


  7. You're welcome, Donna. You book sounds like a good one. I've seen the bad sportsmanship at games too, often from the parents.

  8. It's lovely to think Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming. Oct through Dec are my favorites every year. Congrats to Cheryl on her Christmas book, and I really enjoyed hearing your thoughts in the review. :-)

  9. This is my favorite time of year, too, Lexa. Glad you enjoyed the review. :)

  10. How sweet! I know what is happening with that star.

  11. Sounds like a sweet book for Christmas!

  12. Haha, L. Diane. It's a famous star for sure.

  13. It is a lovely book, Sherry. I sent my granddaughter a copy last year.

  14. Thanks for all the blog love, everyone. I couldn't do without the support of my friends. I see some newbies here, too. Thanks for stopping by.

    Many blessings to all.