Once a Shepherd
Book Review by Trevor Agnew
Once a Shepherd (2014) Glenda Millard, ill. Phil Lesnie, Walker Books, 32pp, hb, NZ$29.99
“Once Tom fare-thee-welled his dear one
And he stroked his unborn child.”
Tom marches away to join thousands of other soldiers in the trenches.
“Once he marched right into hell.”
Kneeling to help a wounded enemy, Tom is shot dead. After the war, the man he saved returns the coat to Cherry She uses it to make a soft toy lamb for the young son who Tom never saw. The story ends with hope for the future.
“Once the world was all at peace.”
Note: This book review was first published in Your Weekend magazine on 15 November 2014.
Full Publishing Details:Once a Shepherd (2014) Glenda Millard, ill. Phil Lesnie, Walker Books, 32pp, hb, NZ$29.99