Tuesday, December 8, 2015

A Children's Tale of the Christmas Shepherds

Have you ever wondered about the shepherds in the story of Christmas? And what might've happened the night of Christmas when the angel came and spoke to the shepherds and told of a Savior's birth?

Cheryl C. Malandrinos must've have wondered because she has written a whimsical story from the point of a view of the youngest of shepherds, a boy, only five-years-old.

With large and colorful illustrations by Eugene Ruble, readers follow Obed as he tends to his first flock of sheep in the hills outside Bethlehem. When the angel appears and declares
"Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people,"
the men, including Obed's father, know what they must do. But Obed is reluctant to follow and doesn't want to leave his sheep. He worries of howling wolves and rocks that may trap his sheep and thieves. But it's not in Bethlehem where Obed becomes aware that this is indeed a night of miracles, it's when he returns to his sheep and finds them unharmed, content, and grazing peacefully.

Little Shepherd is a wonderful book for parents, grandparents, Sunday school teachers to read during the Christmas holidays to children of all ages. Available here

Cheryl C. Malandrinos is a freelance writer, children’s author, and editor. A 2005 graduate of Long Ridge Writers Group, Cheryl began her career focusing on article writing. She specializes in time management and organization, but has also written about everyday life in the 1800s, gardening, parenting, and women’s health issues. In 2008, she changed her focus to fiction writing for children. Her first picture book, Little Shepherd, was released in August 2010 by Guardian Angel Publishing (GAP). 

Cheryl also writes under the name of C. C. Gevry. The first chapter reader, A Christmas Kindness, was released by 4RV Publishing in 2012, with a digital version following in 2013.
Ms. Malandrinos has edited numerous manuscripts in a variety of genres and ghostwritten a Christian chapter book. Cheryl has been a panelist at the WriteAngles Conference that takes place each fall at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA, and offers writing workshops in her local school district. She is a member of the SCBWI, a book reviewer, and blogger. Cheryl lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and two children. She also has a son who is married.
You can visit her at her website.

Feel free to comment.


  1. Thank you for the lovely review, Suzanne! I will spread the word via Twitter for the next few days. Happy Holidays!

  2. Happy Holidays to you too and all the best in the New Year!

  3. Thanks so much for the lovely review. Off to share it now. Christmas blessings to all.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Cheryl. All the best to you during this wonderful holiday season.

  4. What a lovely concept, hearing the story from one of God's little ones. And I love the water color look of the illustrations! Sounds perfect for the holidays--and after!

  5. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting, Sandy. Wishing you the wonder of Christmas and through into the New Year.