Shadow the Sheepdog
Enid Blyton was a very popular British writer who wrote nearly 800 books for children in the early to mid-1900s. I do not recommend most of Blyton’s books because they contain words such as “idiot” and “shut up” and show some slightly inappropriate behaviors as acceptable. However, Shadow the Sheepdog (published in 1942) uses totally appropriate language, and I found it to be wholesome and uplifting in every way. I really loved this book, and I think kids of all ages would enjoy this sweet and adventurous story. Readers will gain a deeper understanding of the time period and of life on sheep farms. Readers will also learn wonderful lessons about honesty, obedience, not running away from your problems, kindness, forgiveness, and selflessness. This book kept my attention and made me laugh out loud in some places—a truly delightful, worthwhile read. I highly recommend it as a family read-aloud. The book is out of print and is not likely to be found in your local library. However, you may find used copies on Amazon.com or AbeBooks.com.
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