The Old Shepherd's Tale

Christopher Nye; Illustrated by Henri Sorensen

Out of print

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  • A unique retelling of the Christmas story from the perspective of the animals in the stable
  • Promotes the message of valuing the role animals play in human life, in the most extraordinary circumstances

A Christmas story which focuses on the animals in the Bethlehem stable.

286 x 235 mm
Housatonic Press
Picture Books
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 5 to 8 years
32 pages
Publication date:
01 Jan 2014


The momentous events of Jesus's birth are retold in this moving story from an unusual perspective. The tale focuses on the animals present with Mary and Joseph in the stable -- the cow, the ox and the donkey -- along with the old shepherd who is woken by some unexpected visitors.

This is a gentle story about valuing the role animals play in human life, in the most extraordinary of circumstances.


Christopher Nye received a Fulbright to study playwriting in England, but most of his writing has been poetry and non-fiction. This is his first children's book. He holds a PhD in American Studies and has been a college professor and administrator. Now retired, he works with the Orion Society and Orion magazine.

Henri Sorensen's distinguished career as an illustrator includes numerous books for children, of which he also wrote two, New Hope and Your First Step. Born and raised in Denver, he now lives in Denmark.

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