THE SHEPHERD'S SONG by Julia Miner

THE SHEPHERD'S SONG

The Twenty-Third Psalm
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Age Range: 2 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 The King James version of David's best-loved psalm, in a handsome large-sized setting with full-bleed paintings rendered in pastels. Miner depicts what could be a rocky Mediterranean seaside, with ancient stonework on mountain roads and updating in the form of metal pails, a modern lantern and boots, and a girl in plaits (among others) to tend the sheep. The relationship between shepherds and flock is center stage, in a gorgeous landscape dramatically lit by the setting sun or beneath a darkened sky. The ``enemy'' is a wolf, chased away with the help of a trusty dog; the cup that ``runneth over'' is realized overliterally with an awkwardly held ladle used to feed lambs, but that's a minor defect in an outstandingly appealing debut, that makes an imaginative exploration of the word ``pastoral.'' (Nonfiction/Picture book. 2+)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-8037-1196-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dial
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 1993