One Small Donkey
By Dandi Daley Mackall
Illustrated by Marta Alvarez Miguens
Holidays & Celebrations
Retails for $8.99
God has plans for all of us, even the little ones.
As an adult, I found this particular book to be a fantastic and heartwarming children's book. The story is a rhyming short story that follows a little donkey on his journey to deliver Mary & Joseph to Bethlehem so Mary could give birth to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. What is important to note is that this story is told from the point of view of a donkey, who sees himself as small and slow. This donkey doesn't realize that his role in this story is great big although it seems small.
I read this story to my daughters and they didn't quite follow or understand the flow of the writing style without me personally going further and explaining/reminding them what happened in the Bible through the story of how baby Jesus was born. Only then did they truly understand the relevance of the smallest donkey, and how they too are significantly important. God has plans for everybody, even if they aren't very obvious or understood. The overall lesson of this story was great and eventually understood by all.
The illustrations were really cute and I hope to see more books featuring work from this illustrator in the future. The art work on the covers and on every page were very consistent.
This book would make a great stocking stuffer gift for little ones for Christmas or for families to read together around Christmas time. This story is appropriate for children ages 4-8 but I think older children may enjoy it also.
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