Little Shepherd by Cheryl Malandrinos

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Join Cheryl C. Malandrinos, author of the Christmas children’s picture book, Little Shepherd (Guardian Angel Publishing, August 2010) as she virtually tours the blogosphere in November and December 2011 on her second virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!

About Cheryl C. Malandrinos

cherCheryl Malandrinos is a freelance writer, children’s author and editor. Her first children’s book, Little Shepherd, was released in August 2010 by Guardian Angel Publishing. She is also a member of the SCBWI.

Cheryl is a Tour Coordinator for Pump Up Your Book, a book reviewer, and blogger. She is also a former contributor for the Writer2Writer eZine. Ms. Malandrinos lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and two children. She also has a son who is married.

Visit Cheryl at her newly redesigned website or visit the Little Shepherd book blog at

About Little Shepherd

Obed is in the hills outside Bethlehem on the night of Christ’s birth. Can he trust the miracle of Christmas to keep his flock safe while he visits the newborn King?

Read an excerpt!

“Let us go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us,” Father said to the men.Little Shepherd

“What about the sheep?” Obed’s brow furrowed.

Father’s smile drew deep lines into a face well worn by many days in the sun. He set his gaze on the sky, then down into Obed’s curious, brown eyes. “Somehow, I think they will be safe.”

Obed’s eyes widened in amazement. “Father, surely we mustn’t leave them alone.”

“The angels must want us to see this Savior. Come now, let us not waste any more time,” his father said.

Read the reviews!

“Little Shepherd by Cheryl C. Malandrinos is a fresh rendition of the familiar story of the angels appearing to the shepherds in the field and announcing the birth of the Savior. The unique slant to this particular retelling of the scriptural story is that the reader sees the event through the eyes of a little shepherd boy, tending his first-ever flock of sheep. As a grandmother, I would be delighted to read this story to my grandchildren. As such, I recommend it to parents/grandparents/teachers everywhere who wish to bring this passage of scripture to life for impressionable young hearts to understand”.

–Kathi Macias, radio host and award-winning author of more than 30 books, including the Extreme Devotion series and Valeria’s Cross

“Heartstrings will be tugged as readers journey to the manger with a little shepherd boy. Obed’s father entrusted him with his first flock of sheep. Everything seems to be going perfect until angels fill the sky with an unusual request. Obed’s gripping tale promises to inspire and become a family favorite.”

–Dixie Phillips, award-winning author of Stubby’s Destiny, Angel Eyes, and other Christian children’s books

“The Christmas liturgy, presented from a child’s point of view – simple, innocent, open to wondrous occurrences – both highlights the majesty and wonder of Christ’s birth and makes the liturgy accessible to God’s beloved little ones. I bought four copies already for the children in my family and I can’t wait to present them. I’m sure this book will be treasured and read over and over again. This is a beautiful version of the greatest story ever told and I highly recommend it.”

-K.M. Daughters, author of Rose of the Adriatic

“The book is a fresh reinterpretation of a familiar biblical story of the angels appearing to the shepherds announcing the birth of the Saviour. Cheryl has a unique slant on the retelling of this scriptural story. The reader will see the events unfold through the eyes of a little shepherd boy, tending his first-ever flock of sheep. It is an enchanting story that will bring the important message to young readers.”

-V.S. Grenier, author of Babysitting SugarPaw

“While the title character may have more responsibilities than a child of today, tending to an entire flock of sheep, Malandrinos balances the difference in time period by showing the child-like joy experienced by the adult shepherds at seeing the Messiah. They willingly leave their sheep – even with wolves nearby – in order to heed the angelic announcement of Jesus’ birth. He wonders what could be so important that they would do such a thing. Their reaction to the newborn intrigues him, and he yearns to discover what it all means. It is a beautiful lesson for young readers to experience. The most important thing in life is not one’s job, status or material wealth. It is God.”

–Nicole Langan, Tribute Book Reviews

“This story gives us a fresh look at the miracle that happened so long ago. This is the kind of book parents should read to their children on the night before Christmas, one that should be in every family’s library to become a family tradition.”

-Marilyn Meredith, author of Lingering Spirit

Watch the trailer on YouTube!

Little Shepherd Tour Schedule

Tuesday, November 1st

Book reviewed at So Many Books..So Little Time

Wednesday, November 2nd

Book reviewed at Splashes of Joy

Thursday, November 3rd

Podcast interview at A Book and A Chat 6:30 PM Eastern (Lack of electricity may cause rescheduling)

Friday, November 4th

Book reviewed and giveaway at Day By Day in Our World

Monday, November 7th

Podcast interview at Stories from Unknown Authors 1:00 PM Eastern

Tuesday, November 8th

Book reviewed at Unionvale Homeschool

Wednesday, November 9th

Book reviewed at One Day at a Time

Thursday, November 10th

Interviewed at 4 the Love of Books

Friday, November 11th

Guest blogging at Nancy Stewart Books Blog

Monday, November 14th

Book spotlighted at The Plot

Tuesday, November 15th

Guest blogging at The Plot

Wednesday, November 16th

Guest blogging at Let’s Talk Virtual Book Tours

Thursday, November 17th

Book reviewed at Shaky Mommy

Friday, November 18th

Guest blogging at InkyBlots

Interviewed at Examiner

Monday, November 21st

Guest blogging at J Q Rose

Tuesday, November 22nd

Blogging at Little Shepherd

Wednesday, November 23rd

Book reviewed at Coffee and a Keyboard

December dates coming soon!


Cheryl Malandrinos’  LITTLE SHEPHERD VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER ’11 will officially begin on November 1 and end on December 15, 2011. Please contact Cheryl Malandrinos at cg20pm00(at)gmail(dot)com if you are interested in reviewing this book or hosting the author. Deadline is November 15th or until the tour is filled. Thank you for your interest!


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Posted on November 14, 2011, in Book Excerpt, Book Synopsis. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Thanks for hosting me today. I hope your readers enjoy Little Shepherd.

  2. My son likes this book and so i can recommend it. Good luck with the tour Cheryl

  3. Thanks Jo. I appreciate you stopping by.

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