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Little Lost Lamb

3.31  ·  Rating details ·  70 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published 1945 by Doubleday
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I like this little story of a shepherd boy. He watches over his flock. What I like is that there is born a black sheep and there is no mention of this being something of shame. The boy loves this sheep as much as the others. He is more independent and does run off. Still, the shepherd goes looking for him in the night after he gets lost. It a story where the black sheep is important and not shunned.

This story redeems the black sheep. how lovely is that.

I do love the art. it reminds me of the
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
In extra boxes of children's literature my Mom gave me, so that I have our complete collection, a few must have belonged to my Dad. With a missing cat at present, Little Lost Lamb was not a tale for laughing. I was interested in the heart that must be in this worn hardcover, from 1945. I always inform myself about authors and illustrators. I learned Leonard Weisgard was an American whose whole family retired in Denmark. Golden MacDonald is an authoress I know and will be stunned my Dad owned, if ...more
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I want a copy of this book but with it being an outdated book and one that is also more likely to be out of print that will be looking for a needle in a haystack. I am up for that challenge although more or less I will just need to put my sister onto the challenge at hand muhaha even if it may take years.

Anyway the story reminds me of another YA Vintage that was known as "Champ" since of the same background, the same "villain" and the same livelihood. With the exception of these two books
Katie Fitzgerald
This might sound strange, but one of my favorite things about this book is the feel of its pages. The book is printed on these thin, translucent pieces of paper that make a delightful crinkling sound when I turn them. I also love that the paintings take up the entire recto side of each spread, filling them with these beautiful nature scenes. The use of color to portray the change from night to day is very effective, as is the arrangement of the text on the page when it talks about the sheeps BAA ...more
Maria Rowe
1946 Caldecott Honor Book

The story is sweet, but I thought it was a little boring and I think thats because the language is a little stiff. The illustrations are good, but I wish there had been more of a transition between day and night. The illustrations went from colorful for the day to black and white for the night with no in-between. There could have been some beautiful twilight art in there.

Nice little story though, and I like the religious undertones. Could be a good book for a religion
Written under the pseudonym Golden MacDonald, this 1946 Caldecott Honor winning picture book by Margaret Wise Brown is my least favorite of hers so far. While I loved Leonard Weisgard and Margaret Wise Brown's collaboration the following year for the Caldecott winning book "The Little Island," this book just didn't work for me. The story was way too long and boring. The book is about a little black lamb who wanders away from the flock and the shepherd, but is later rescued by the boy and his dog ...more
Lauren Summers
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book loses some of the build-up it acquires by being hard to find once you actually sit down and read it. However, the fact remains that in an age where there were very few picture books, this book advanced the genre in the sweet tale of a young Shepard devotion to his entire flock, including the little black lamb of the title. What the story lacks in concept it makes up for in historical value and sincerity of sentiment.
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Written under the pseudonym Golden MacDonald, this is a much more serious and realistic book than most of Margaret Wise Brown's books, but I really loved the sweet story, the poetry of the shepherd's song, and the stunning illustrations.
There's nothing fancy about the narrative or the paintings, but this is still a satisfying story. This would be a very interesting book to read to young children to see how they process the elements like the straying sheep and the devoted shepherd.
Amanda S.
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: caldecott
Genre: picture book, realistic fiction

This book reminds me of the Bible story of the lost sheep.
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: caldecott
This was a cute book, which teaches the importance of caring for each person. It will also stir your emotions.
Picture Book-Realistic Fiction
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Caldecott Honor - 1946 - Seems more like a picture book than some others from this time period.
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I wasn't terribly smitten with this book but my 8 year old niece said she gave it 4 out of 5 stars so, my rating is actually hers.
Dec 01, 2012 rated it liked it
This is the story of a shepherd boy who loses his sheep and goes to look for it in the dark. While the illustrations are stunning and Caldecott worthy, the story is rather dull.
Ann Williams
Aug 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Ah, the story of the black sheep. The illustrations are wonderful.
Dec 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Review to come...

Special visit to the Minneapolis Central Library to view reference copy.
May 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
Caldecott honor
Neil R. Coulter
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
I just love the 1940s illustration style in this book. I really like the faux sepia tone pictures for the nighttime scenes.
Brindi Michele
1946 Caldecott Honor
Dec 17, 2016 added it
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Cassandra Gelvin
Mar 02, 2020 rated it liked it
The metaphor breaks down when you examine it.

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This is clearly a parallel to the Parable of the Lost Sheep. In the book, a shepherd boy has a bunch of white sheep and one black sheep. According to my research, black sheep are more common than I thought. It's a recessive gene, which would make the percentage about 25% if nobody cared, but white sheep are preferred so they're bred more often. The book says, "It was the
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
1946 Caldecott Honor

Favorite illustration: The title page with the black lamb and the wild flowers

Favorite line: "High in the mountains where the green grass ends and the snow begins the shepherd was singing."

Kid-appeal today: This was written under a pseudonym for Margaret Wise Brown, whose work I often adore but I found this story rather boring. The illustrations didn't appeal to me very much either and found them in many instances dark and dreary. I guess I expect my animal books to have a
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Pretty boring, and in some of the pictures the sheep look more like hippos than sheep.
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Made me think of the parable of the lost sheep
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Golden MacDonald is a pen name used by Margaret Wise Brown.

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