Mary's Little Donkey
The stubborn, dirty little donkey who is of no use to anyone in Nazareth becomes a quick and willing helper under Mary’s care. The other animals in Mary's stable like him and together they wait for the birth of Mary's child. However, Mary and Joseph have to leave Nazareth obeying Caesar's decree, and the donkey carries Mary to Bethlehem where the child is born.
The donkey hopes to carry Mary and her son quickly back to Nazareth but instead they have to flee to far-away Egypt. Willingly, the donkey makes this journey through the desert. Only after a long time could they return home where the other animals in Mary's stable welcome them.
An engaging alternative to the traditional Christmas story, to be read to children ages 6 to 8, or for children ages 8 to 10 to read to themselves.
“When Joseph buys a scruffy, lazy, little donkey for Mary he does not realize how useful and helpful it will become. Told from the perspective of the donkey, this story gently carries the reader along to the stable in Bethlehem. Although a picture book, the text is full and detailed, which, together with the wonderfully precise clean illustrations, bring interest and appeal to this beautifully refreshing version of the traditional story of the first Christmas.”Carousel
“Adapted for younger children from Gunhild Sehlin's classic chapter book, and sumptuously illustrated by Helene Muller, with marvelous details of the Holy Land, Mary's Little Donkey is especially recommended for children ages 4 to 7 and is certain to become an enduringly popular addition to family, preschool, elementary school, and community library Christmas picture book collections.”Midwest Book Review