Once a Shepherd
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Once a Shepherd

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In poignant verse, the story of one young shepherd makes the experience of soldiers in World War I accessible to children. "Once there sang a carefree shepherd" "In a field of emerald green . . ." "Once his world was all at peace." Here is the tale of Tom Shepherd, tending his lambs and shearing their fleece and wooing his sweetheart, who weaves the sheep s wool to make him a coat. But then the Great War comes, and Tom must leave his beloved wife and his unborn child and go off to fight. In a moving, sobering story that resolves in a heartbreaking but beautiful ending, "Once a Shepherd "evokes the reality of war in a way young children can understand, while fostering a deep-felt hope for peace."show more

Product details

  • 6-8
  • Hardback | 24 pages
  • 246.38 x 274.32 x 10.16mm | 453.59g
  • Candlewick Press (MA)
  • United States
  • English
  • 0763674583
  • 9780763674588
  • 372,241

Review quote

Millard and Lesnie, Australians, present a picture book about the Great War with beautiful, green-dominated watercolors and a spare text with occasional end rhymes. ... It is done with truth and tenderness. ... Taken together, the folkloric simplicity of the text and the quiet beauty of the illustrations pack a powerful punch for those families that want or need to confront wartime violence with their little ones. Kirkus Reviews Lyrical... This story has the potential to be maudlin, but the skillfull writing and carefully constructed watercolors richly transform it. ... It is one worthy of purchase where stories of war and moving on are needed. School Library Journal"show more

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61 ratings
4.16 out of 5 stars
5 41% (25)
4 38% (23)
3 18% (11)
2 3% (2)
1 0% (0)
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