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|Certain poor shepherds : a Christmas tale|
Author: Thomas, Elizabeth Marshall
Lila, a sheepdog, and Ima, a white goat, are compelled to follow a bright and dazzling star on a journey to a humble manger in Bethlehem--a journey beset by danger, adventure, and love.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 6.50
Points: 4.0 Quiz: 178490
Kirkus Reviews (+) (07/01/15)
School Library Journal (10/01/15)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 10/01/2015 Gr 4–6—Rather than the expected humans and their crooks, the certain poor shepherds of this story are Ima and Lila, a goat and dog, respectively. Ima, the nurturer, tends to the flock by guiding them to safe paths and finding the good plants for grazing. Lila's large size makes her the ideal herder and protector from predators. Both share lonely, melancholy pasts of being separated from their own families, as well as a powerful urge to follow a host of angels that arrive with a scent emitted from a star that appears in the sky. The rest of the Nativity serves more as a plot point, as Ima and Lila meet some harrowing adventures on their journey to Bethlehem with the flock in tow: from encounters with angels, who are portrayed less as divine and celestial and more as winged beings prone to hunger and sickness, to dealings with the caravan of the Three Kings, one of whom travels with huntsmen. Illustrations, similar in style to that of printed prayer cards, appropriately capture the story's tone. VERDICT Not a typical Christmas story of a peaceful, silent night, but themes of friendship and duty shine through.—Joanna Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.