We LOVED this story. What a delightful children’s book! I found so much intriguing about this book.
The story is about a little donkey who is very stubborn and lazy. He doesn’t want to do any work so when people come by to hire a donkey he does everything in his power to make sure they don’t pick him. One day a man comes by that isn’t swayed by the little donkey’s tactics, and asks his owner how much. Being so fed up that the donkey is basically useless the owner laughs and just gives him to the man. To the donkey’s dismay he is taken to start his journey. He sees the load he is suppose to carry is a very pregnant woman, and he tries again to get out of this hard work ahead of him.
However the woman treats his stubbornness with kindness and offers him a treat. This seems to calm the donkey a bit and he finally acquiesces to the journey. She continues to give the donkey encouragement and praise even when he wants to give up. With every encouragement the woman gives him he pushes himself further and before they know it they reach their destination.
It’s obvious that the donkey is carrying a very pregnant Mary on their journey. The most important part of this book I think, of course, is Jesus’ birth taking place. But what else really touched me about this book is how if we treat unwillingness with kindness and encouragement it can actually give others motivation to want to try harder. They just need someone to believe in them. This whole book was just wonderful! One of our favorites for sure. My son is four and he can’t get enough of this book. The illustrations are amazing and colorful and just so fun, the text font is really fun as well and almost resembles a young child’s writing what with the large O’s everywhere. I loved that this book rhymes which makes it all that more fun for children. The whole story just flowed so easily and naturally I was impressed. This book is gender neutral so both boys and girls would enjoy this book. It is not only a great read incorporating Jesus and Christian faith, but it’s inspiring for all ages. I definitely recommend this book. I have no gripes whatsoever about this book, and neither does my four year old son. Everything was just amazingly put together. This book definitely makes our list of top ten favorite children’s stories.
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