Once A Shepherd

Once A Shepherd

Book - 2014 | First U.S. edition.
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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.
Publisher: Somerville, MA : Candlewick Press, 2014.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9780763674588
Branch Call Number: JP Milla
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 28 cm


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Once a Shepherd

A lovely, but incredibly sad story. Beautifully illustrated and beautifully told, this is a great book to start off a discussion about WWI (or any war). (more)

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Aug 27, 2018

I didn't know what to expect and what happened made my sister and I sad.
It was a beautiful book, and I was touched. It was simply but beautiful.
to tell you the truth I felt like crying.

Apr 08, 2016

My 5 year old daughter loved this book and asked me to read it to her every night. But the topic is sad, in fact, I got a bit chocked up the first time I read it.

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