One Small Donkey
(A Christmas Story for Little Ones)
By Dani Daley Mackall
Illustrated by Marta Alvarez Miguens
Publishe-d by Tommy Nelson
18 Pages BB
ABOUT BOOK: Little ones can do big things for God!
Your family will love this heartwarming Christmas story told from an unlikely perspective: a donkey carrying Mary to Bethlehem. Though the donkey wasn’t the biggest, fastest, or strongest of all the animals, he had an important job all the same. Adults and children alike will love the message about how God has big plans for little ones.
Dandi Daley Mackall loves God, children, words, and animals. Her nearly 500 books for children and grown-ups have sold more than four million copies worldwide, and her awards include an ECPA Christian Book Award for Best Children’s Book. Dandi writes from rural Ohio, where she lives with her family, including horses, dogs, cats, and an occasional squirrel, deer, or raccoon.
REVIEW: In the beginning of the book Little Donkey notices how big and strong the horses he sees are. He wishes he could run fast like them. Then there is a picture of Joseph helping Mary on the small donkey as they make their journey to Bethlehem. The reader is shown the view of a bright start over the stable where their journey would end.
There is no room in the inn. They head to the stable where a star shines bright. Mary has her baby. Everyone is happy. At the end everyone comes to see baby Jesus in the stable.
The text says, “Cheering at the Savior’s birth – One small donkey with a giant heart. Welcomes Christ, Our Peace on Earth.”
The pictures are bright, colorful and have an animation feel to them. There is no rhythm to the text. They try to make the point that no matter how small you are you can be used by God if you are willing.
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