ONE SMALL LOST SHEEP by Claudia Mills

ONE SMALL LOST SHEEP

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Age Range: 4 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

 The setting is Bethlehem. The young shepherd Benjamin has lost his lame sheep, Kivsa; scrambling over the rocky terrain, thorns biting at his legs, he calls for her without success and finally cries himself to sleep. Wakening a short time later, he heads back to the encampment, where he learns that a chorus of heavenly voices has heralded the birth of the king. Benjamin leads the shepherds to the stable--no small task, as Bethlehem is rife with stables--as he follows the trail of a familiar bleat. There Benjamin finds his little lame friend, along with a blind ox, an abused donkey, and a decrepit, earless goat, the usual suspects all come to marvel at the newborn. This neatly paced nativity story isn't for everyone, with the religious sentiments laid on as thick as a carpet. Krudop's handsome artwork captures the mood of the story and adds mystery of its own, conveying a real sense of place in Bethlehem and its surroundings. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1997
ISBN: 0-374-35649-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 1997




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