The story begins on a cold upland pasture where coarse grass and scrub cedar grew. The hour was midnight. The day was the first of winter. And the year of our Lord was not 1900 or 1600 or even 100. It was 0. On that night a white goat, Ima, and a huge, gray short-haired sheepdog, Lila, were keeping watch over a small flock of young sheep.
Bright and dazzling, a star appears behind the cedars on the eastern skyline. It is big and powerful, and it has a pure, clean scent, like something halfway between honey and water. Lila, the sheepdog, and Ima, the goat, are compelled to follow the star on a journey to a humble manger in Bethlehem, a journey beset with danger, adventure, and love. In a story alive with insight and grace, best-selling author Elizabeth Scott Thomas brings us a striking portrait of the Nativity story from the captivating point of the view of the animal kingdom.
** From Candlewick
What I liked: The imagery in Certain Poor Shepherds is wonderful! The reader spends their time throughout these pages in the lives of the animals. It’s so much fun to see what they think, see, and smell. But especially, how humans confuse them.
What I didn’t like: I really wanted to love Certain Poor Shepherds, perhaps too much. While I enjoyed aspects of it, I just couldn’t picture who would read Certain Poor Shepherds. It’s a very mellow book with little action, plus some of the Biblical aspects were a bit “off” for me. I can’t see younger children sitting still for it to be read to them (at least none I know) and I can’t see middle-grade readers staying interested long enough. Hopefully, you know some who enjoy low-key books.
|Author:||Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, Jonathan Bartlett (Ills)|
|Publisher & Date:||September 22nd 2015 by Candlewick Press|
|Genre:||Children’s Christian Fiction|
|ISBN:||0763670626 (ISBN13: 9780763670627)|
|This Counts for these Challenges:||2015 Let Me Count The Ways Reading Challenge, 2015 New Authors Reading Challenge, 2015 Women Challenge, 2015 NetGalley Reading Challenge|
Elizabeth Marshall Thomas is the author of The Harmless People, a non fiction work about the Kung Bushmen of southwestern Africa, and of Reindeer Moon, a novel about the paleolithic hunter gatherers of Siberia, both of which were tremendous international successes. She lives in New Hampshire.
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