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Author: Marni McGee

Illustrator: John Winch

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Publisher: Holiday House,

Material: hard cover

Summary: An old donkey recalls the story of the day he was sold to strangers who needed a donkey that had never been ridden. When Jesus, the man he was to carry comforts him, his fear is replaced by pride and a desire to protect him from an "unsettling crowd." This is the story of Jesus' arrival in Jerusalem on what is now Palm Sunday.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Reading Level: 3.2

Age of Child: Started reading with child nearly 2½ years old.

Young Reader Reaction: S/He immediately sat down for the story. It's a regular evening request.

Adult Reader Reaction: The wording and illustrations combine to create a beautiful story. The story ends before Jesus' arrest, making it a good way to introduce the events to come without creating an alarmed, confused or fearful preschooler.

Pros: Having the donkey narrate the tale is a good perspective, especially for kids who tend to have an affinity for talking animals.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy…especially if there is more than one child in the house. It is a beautifully illustrated book that shares the story of Jesus' last days in a non-graphic fashion.

If You Liked This Book, Try: Baby' Jesus (Baby's First Bible) and Baby's First Prayers, God Listens When We Pray. BABY JESUS (Baby's First Bible Stories)   BABY'S FIRST PRAYERS: GOD LISTENS WHEN WE PRAY (FIRST BIBLE COLLECTION)  

Educational Themes: This is an excellent, eloquent story for teaching the lessons of Easter.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, Christian, Easter

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2004

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