Item description for The Little Shepherd Girl: A Christmas Story by Juliann Henry & Jim Madsen...
Overview On Sarah's first night as a shepherdess, angels fall from the sky to proclaim the birth of Jesus, but she knows that she cannot leave her sheep to view the newborn, so she brings them with her into the town of Bethlehem.
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Studio: David C. Cook Distribution
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 8.5" Height: 10" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2007
Publisher DAVID C COOK
Grade Level Grade School
ISBN 0781445132 ISBN13 9780781445139 UPC 9780781445139
Reviews - What do customers think about The Little Shepherd Girl: A Christmas Story?
Wonderful book May 24, 2010
Bought this book as a gift for my 6 yr old grandaughter and we both thoroughly enjoyed reading it together. A nice change of pace seeing the nativity through the eyes of a young girl as most children's stories are from a boy's perspective. My grandson enjoyed it too though.
The Little Shepherd Girl Feb 8, 2008
This was a beauty book. I gave it to my niece for Christmas. Thank you the product arrived in excellent condition.
Different View Jan 15, 2008
this story approaches the shepherds story from the outlook of a little girl shepherd very different but nice
A Wonderful Christmas Story Dec 18, 2007
I bought this book a few weeks ago and my daughter asks me to read it to her every night. She loves to put herself in the place of the main character. A fresh look at the Christmas story.
Formulaic and Contrived Dec 14, 2007
**(First, I ask that you read my review and not mark it "unhelpful" simply because you have theological differences or disagree with my opinion. I believe that my review stays on-point, qualifies itself repeatedly as being my own opinion ("IMO") and remains specific in its examples so that you can make a determination for your own self. I believe to mark it as "unhelpful" based upon anything other than on the merits of the review itself would be a misuse of the this site review system. Thanks for listening.)**
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I bought this book based on the three 5-star reviews listed before me and I have to say that I actually was disappointed in the book both for its artwork and aspects of the story.
I am not a fan of the general construction of the story. The beginning seems to have little to do with the middle or the end. Sarah is not allowed to go out into the field with the flock at night because she is a girl (not a boy or man/woman as the author explains in his preface). After some time (the aspect of how long or why this change in her newfound freedom is only vaguely addressed--because she's been 'practicing' ?!?)... Sarah is allowed to go out to the fields with her cousins at night. They witness angels descending from the heavens and they all follow into town to find the Savior. Sarah is first to arrive at the stable where Jesus is born and returns home to tell her father about her experience and revisits a story about the stars with him that was told at the beginning of the book. Very formulaic.
Parts of the story are left unexplained... (a miracle?) we still don't know why Sarah was able to reach the stable before her cousins (they left first). Unless the author is implying that the star that hung over the stable was either only visible to Sarah or that she was just able to figure out the mystery of 'which stable?' before her dim-witted cousins.
Furthermore, some of the writing is quite contrived for a modern-day children's story, in my opinion. When Sarah is out in the field and after "the sheep were bedded down," her cousins send her to fetch wood for "the evening fire." When father tells Sarah that daughters are "meant for weaving and baking flat cakes" she responds to him, "But, Father...why does my nose prefer the smell of sweet clover to that of bread dough?" (The only word missing there to make me close the book immediately is 'doth'). I just can't get into this story.
As far as the artwork, I have to say that I bought this book in large part because of the beautiful picture on the cover. But the artwork on the cover does not match the artwork within IMO. It looks to me almost as if it was done by two different illustrators. The cover has a sharp, almost 3-D image of an adorable, chubby cheeked little girl. The inside has flat, 2-dimensional, often fuzzy images. The only book comparison I can think of to make is that of The Polar Express (the book and and the move's artwork are identical.) Maybe it's just my eye, but I was expecting more of the 3-D artwork that was on the cover and what I found was very two dimensional art. But I mention this because the artwork was important to me and my purchase was largely based on this fact, so I felt it was worth mentioning. I will post a picture to let you make that determination for yourself! :)