2021 Illumination Book Awards, Silver Medal: Holiday
A familiar, beloved rhyme scheme paired with a fresh perspective on the Christmas story, The Shepherd’s Story provides readers with a profound experience alongside a courageous shepherd boy who is searching for meaning in life. Together with the shepherd, readers connect the birth of Christ with their own human experience, learning that one child—a single person—has the possibility of making an extraordinary difference in the world. In the loving arms of his parents, Jesus represents every newborn—and through the shepherd’s eyes, parents and children alike recognize Jesus’ promise of abundant life and infinite love.
Come along with the curious young shepherd to explore the human and divine natures of the birth of Jesus—and through this shepherd’s witness, discover the wonder, majesty, and promise of all human life.
About the Author
Jimmy Dunne is a modern-day Renaissance man who successfully crisscrosses the worlds of art and business. As a songwriter, his songs have been on 28,000,000 records worldwide with dozens of gold and platinum records (including Whitney Houston, Kenny Rogers, Anne Murray, Take 6); along with scores, songs, and themes in over 1,500 television episodes and many hit movies (Pretty Woman, Fame, Olympic Games). Screenwriting and producer credits include Paramount Pictures’ hit series, Happy Days.
He’s the founder of Inspire (a celebrated music & branding firm), a piano recording artist on 40+ records, the commissioner of USA Bocce, and now a book author. Married to award‑winning interior designer Catherine Bailly Dunne, they have two daughters and reside in Pacific Palisades, California.
Ivan Kravets is an illustrator, graphic artist, and designer who graduated from the Ukrainian Printing Academy in Lviv. He has developed and illustrated dozens of children’s books including The Fairy Tales by the Brothers Grimm, Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, Rasmus and the Vagabond by Astrid Lindgren, and The Crocodile Gena by Eduard Ouspensky. Kravets has created illustrations for the BBC TV show “Hans Brinker” and was a participant in the international project “It’s Always Tea-Time: Lewis Carroll.” Kravets is the winner of a national award for his design and illustrations for the book Peter Pan by James Barrie.