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A shepherd's gift
Calhoun, Mary.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
While looking for his lost lamb, an orphaned shepherd boy meets Mary, Joseph, and newborn baby Jesus in a manger.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.2 0.5 54698.
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A young shepherd in Bethlehem sets out to find his lost sheep and ends up in a stable, where he meets a couple and their newborn baby named Jesus. This tender Nativity story, featuring glowing illustrations by Raul Colon, teaches a special lesson on the meaning of generosity as the shepherd discovers where true gifts come from. Text copyright 2004 Lectorum Publications, Inc.

Author Notes

Mary Calhoun was born on August 3, 1926 in Keokuk, Iowa. She received a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from the University of Iowa. She worked at the Omaha World Herald before marrying fellow journalist Frank Calhoun. Her first book, Making the Mississippi Shout, was published in 1957. She wrote more than 50 children's books during her lifetime including the Katie John series, Julie's Tree, Henry the Sailor Cat, and Cross-Country Cat. She died on October 27, 2015 at the age of 89.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4-7. There are numerous stories about visitors to the manger in Bethlehem, some involving a shepherd boy, but this one is particularly nice. Matthew, an orphan, finds a lamb that can't locate its mother. Together they search, until they come to a stable where animals are giving warmth to a mother and her newborn baby. Happy to feel a part of a family, Matthew asks to stay and help; he shears the sheep so the baby can have a soft place to rest. Finally, it's time for Matthew to leave, but he does so knowing he's seen a very special child, who has turned his gaze on Matthew. There's no artifice here, just the plainspoken words and the effective scratchboard illustrations. Colon's figures seem more sturdy than usual, though glazed by a celestial light. The warmth and universality of the Nativity are evident. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

Young shepherd Matthew worries when one of his sheep goes astray, leaving her baby behind. But the hungry lamb, with Matthew on its trail, locates its mother in a warm and peaceful place the stable where Jesus lays. Matthew basks in the comfort he feels in Jesus' presence and offers the sheep and lamb as gifts to the holy family. Colon's (My Mama Had a Dancing Heart) signature luminous artwork conveys a reverence and intimacy that will quickly capture the imagination of youngsters. Ages 4-9. (Oct.) FYI: A Spanish-language edition, El regalo del pastor, trans. by Osvaldo Blanco ($15.95 ISBN 0-06-029785-9), is also available. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-When Matthew loses one of his ewes, her lamb leads the young shepherd to a small stable, where its mother is keeping watch over Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus. Matthew is so overcome with love and reverence for the baby that he gives the family both the ewe and her lamb. Although both the text and the golden-hued scratchboard illustrations create a cozy and loving atmosphere, young readers may find the stillness and serenity somewhat dull. Matthew appears to be about 10 years old in some illustrations and a teenager in others, and many of the figures are rather stiff in both expression and pose. Not a first choice.-E. M. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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