The Shepherd Boy and the Christmas Gifts

The Shepherd Boy and the Christmas Gifts
Sanne Dufft Illustrated by
Aly Hilberts By (author)
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8.2 X 9.3 in
32 pg

JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Christmas & Advent


Nathan wants to be a shepherd like his father but he also loves to craft beautiful figures from wood and wool he collects on the hills. His father loses patience, and Nathan agrees to throw away his toys and look after the sheep more carefully.

Then one night an angel appears to the shepherds and tells them that a special child has been born. Nathan knows they must go and see the baby—but what can be bring as a gift? 

A heartwarming and unique version of the Christmas story, suitable for young children, with joyful artwork from German illustrator Sanne Dufft.

(Ages 4 – 7 years) 


“I love seeing a new Christmas picture book, and just in time too. This is a heartwarming, down to earth story about a little shepherd boy who had to stop crafting toys in order to look after his sheep. However, he finds them just in time to give as a gift for the new born Son of God. The story is simply told, and the illustrations are beautiful.” —Kindling 

“The character of the shepherd boy makes this simple re-telling of the nativity story easy for young children to relate to.” —Armadillo 

“The lovely illustrations perfectly capture the beauty and simplicity of the story. The impressionistic angel and the heavenly host bring a warm glow to the pages when they appear. This is a nice addition to holiday books about the Nativity.... This would be a fine choice for those looking for a warm and gentle story of the nativity.” —Youth Services Book Review 

Author Bio

Sanne Dufft is a children's book illustrator and former art therapist. She lives in Germany with her family.

Aly Hilberts is a Dutch children's author. She has worked in primary schools for forty years.