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A Certain Small Shepherd (Owlet Book) [Paperback]

By Rebecca Caudill (Author)
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Pages   48
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.06" Width: 7.46" Height: 0.13"
Weight:   0.28 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 15, 1997
Publisher   Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Age  4-8
ISBN  0805053921  
EAN  9780805053920  

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Item Description...
Eager to play a shepherd in the Christmas pageant, a mute Appalachian boy is dismayed when a blizzard prevents the performance

Publishers Description
From the late Rebecca Caudill, author of The Best-Loved Doll and Tree of Freedom, comes the heartrending story of a young Appalachian boy, born mute, who speaks for the first time ever to a young couple and their newborn baby, who have taken refuge from a blizzard in a nearby church.

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Rebecca Caudill (1899-85) was the author of more than twenty books for children, including The Best-Loved Doll and A Certain Small Shepherd. Ms. Caudill's contributions to children's literature continue to be honored each year with the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award.

Rebecca Caudill was born in 1899 and died in 1985.

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Love, Love, Love this book!!!  Dec 8, 2007
This book is so well written and is great for kids and adults alike. It brings back so many memories of my own childhood Christmases and my Mom reading it to us. It is such a heartwarming story. ENJOY!!!
A Certain Small Shepherd  Mar 9, 2006
A lovely and unusual version of the traditional Christmas story. Our whole family read it on Christmas eve for years.
A gentle Christmas story.  Dec 21, 2001
This is such a gentle, old-fashioned little book that it is a small miracle it's still around. It's about Jamie, a mute boy who lives with his sisters and widowed father in the hollows of Appalachia. The boy feels like he can't do anything and isn't special in any way, until Christmastime, when a teacher offers him a chance to be a shepherd in the school Christmas pageant. This is the most exciting thing that has ever happened to him. But then the pageant is cancelled because of a blizzard, destroying his dream.

In the end, a poor, traveling couple appear. The woman is about to have a baby, and they are looking for any place, even a barn, to spend the night, but so far no one has had any room for them (Sound familiar?) Jamie's family gives them shelter, the woman has her baby, and finally Jamie gets his chance to be a shepherd -- he shows up in costume to bring the new baby a gift, and to speak his very first words. A Christmas miracle!

One of the things I love most about this book is the fact that Jamie is far from a perfect little boy, but the author obviously loves him and makes us love him and recognize that his anger and tantrums come from frustration over his handicap. No one yells at Jamie and tells him to behave. They find ways to help him behave. There is a Christian spirit of love and generosity coursing through Rebecca Caudill's portrait of this child.

An earlier reviewer was offended by how "unrealistic" the ending seemed. I don't think that's really true. Early in the book, Jamie's father talks to a doctor, who tells him that Jamie is physically capable of speaking, but he needs help learning to do so, help the family can not afford. Jamie's inability to speak seems to be more a matter of trauma (his mother died giving birth to him) than anything physical, and so it does not seem remotely unrealistic for him to be healed when something in his life gives him a sense of importance. He simply has to speak to this miraculous child!

But more than that, this is a Christmas story. And if we can't make room in a Christmas story for miracles, when can we?

Family Favorite  Dec 1, 2001
This book is a family favorite. We read it aloud nearly every Christmas, along with "A Christmas Carol," "Gift of the Magi" and "Whistlin' Dick's Christmas."
I can never read it without choking up, and my kids end up finishing it for me. A real heart-warmer.
Family Favorite  Dec 1, 2001
This book is a family favorite. We read it aloud nearly every Christmas, along with "A Christmas Carol," "Gift of the Magi" and "Whistlin' Dick's Christmas."
I can never read it without choking up, and my kids end up finishing it for me. A real heart-warmer.

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