The shepherd Who Couldn’t Sing

Reviewed by: Ceil Carey, retired public librarian and long time book discussion leader



Title: The shepherd who couldn’t sing

Author: Alan Barker

Publisher: SPCK

Publication Date: 2018

Format: Paperback

Length: 32 pages


One little shepherd named Jake love herding his sheep. He was smart and brave but when the shepherds gathered around the fire and began to sing, Jack made himself scarce. He was afraid to sing. One night the angels appeared to him, telling of Jesus’ birth. Could he share this with his fellow shepherds? Could he sing of the wonderful baby? Read how Jake remembers the words of the angels, “Do not be afraid” and the delight when his comrades hear his beautiful voice.

Lovely illustrations and a delightful story, perfect for Christmas.


Rating (1 to 5)


Suggested Audience

Preschoolers to early elementary

Christian Impact:

The angels’ message of do not be afraid is a message for all of us, even small children.

Other notes:

Includes words to the angels’ song as well as the tune to sing it to.

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The Shepherd Who Couldn't Sing

About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

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