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56 pages
Dec 2008
Reformation Trust Publishing

Sammy and His Shepherd

by Susan Hunt

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Sammy and His Shepherd by Susan Hunt is a retelling of the 23rd Psalm from the perspective of a lamb (representing a child of God) describing what it is like to be cared for by a gracious, loving, and protective shepherd (God Almighty). Sammy, the narrator sheep, is taught lessons by an older sheep known to everyone as Grandmother, who explains that a good shepherd makes sure that his sheep have plenty of food and water, lots of contented rest, protection from predators, and even moments of rescue and recovery if they wander into dark valleys.

The book's artwork is presented in extremes, such as showing the evils aspects of the world in dark purples, swirling grays, and heavy blacks, and the glorious aspects of the world in bright pinks, yellows, and greens. The original psalm text is printed in the front of the book, and then eleven chapters focus on various aspects of its message. At the back of the book there are notes and suggestions to adults as to how to discuss the meaning of the psalm with a youngster. Overall, Sammy and His Shepherd is a cute story with a helpful message about Psalm 23. Dr. Dennis E. Hensley,

Book Jacket:

In Sammy and His Shepherd, veteran children's writer Susan Hunt takes youngsters on a delightful trip through Psalm 23 from the point of view of a sheep named Sammy. Sammy lives happily under the care of his faithful shepherd. But one day he meets a sheep from another flock, one who lives in misery because her shepherd is not so caring. Eventually, to the delight of both of them, Sammy's shepherd buys the needy little sheep for his flock and gives her a name Precious. Thereafter, Sammy tells Precious all the wonderful things about their shepherd. At first, Precious has a hard time believing that the shepherd can be so good. But eventually, as she sees the shepherd pouring out his energies for the good of his flock, she comes to trust him, for she sees that he loves his sheep unconditionally and sacrificially.