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THE DONKEY'S FIRST CHRISTMAS

Author: Susanne Tillitson Schroder

Illustrator: Susanne Tillitson Schroder

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Publisher: Tilli Books,

Material: paperback

Summary: To hear the donkey tell it, he was a very wise animal. He had mastered getting out of work, yet he was hurt when his master told the man "just take him." He was determined not to help ... until the pregnant woman gave him a pear and offered kind words. He was too tired to take another step ... until the woman said the baby was coming. Then the donkey kept going to the town with the nearest inn. That is when he discovered a miracle. This is the story of Christ's birth told from the donkey's perspective.

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

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 2 to 10

Age of Child: Read with and by an 11-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My pre-teen laughed at this and said "little kids will love this."

Adult Reader Reaction: Adorable! The hand-drawn text and simple images really make the story a lovely, lovely read. The rhyming works perfectly without one hiccup.

Pros: Simple illustrations, perfect rhymes, and a cute little donkey make this a great selection for the holidays.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is a book you can read with your toddler and then as the tradition grows, let your first grader read for the family.

If You Liked This Book, Try: CHRISTMAS IN THE MANGER   THE CHRISTMAS STORY (Usborne Young Bible Tales)   THE MIRACLE OF THE FIRST POINSETTIA: A MEXICAN CHRISTMAS STORY

Educational Themes: This is a story that explains the "reason for the season." The story from the donkey's side is a nice way to talk about feelings for everyday things, not just Jesus' birth.

Notes: The author donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

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

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2012

Other Reviews: No Critics Reviews found at the time of this review. See reader feedback at barnesandnoble.com and amazon.com.




                 

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