The Black Sheep

Sita Jucker, Illustrator, Elisabeth Heck, Author Little Brown and Company $13.95 (26p) ISBN 978-0-316-35402-8
In this Nativity story, the rebellious black sheep of a shepherd's flock runs away, and finds a cave to live in. During a heavy winter storm, the sheep becomes lost, away from her home. The glow of a light from her cave leads her to it, and she finds a man, a woman and a newborn there, seeking shelter. The baby is cold, so the black sheep offers herself as a wooly nest. The shepherd finds the black sheep and decides to leave her wth the family. Although this is a cliche expanded into a picture book, it has both warmth and a gentle simplicity. But it is the dusky watercolors that are the book's true strength; the winter scenes are vibrant and the scenes of the holy family are glowing. (4-8)
Reviewed on: 09/29/1986
Release date: 10/01/1986
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