Thursday, May 14, 2009

Stubby's Destiny

Stubby's Destiny, written by Dixie Phillips and illustrated by Kim Sponaugle, is an adorable story, told from the perspective of the donkey that carried Jesus into Jerusalem.

Poor Stubby, an orphaned donkey, isn’t very regal looking or acting. He shares a stable with Sly the stallion. Sly is a thoroughbred, a very regal looking mount. He tries to teach Stubby how to think and act like a regal animal. But Stubby has trouble trying to keep up with Sly. Sly tells him, “It’s no use, Stubby. You will never be chosen to be one of the king’s horses. You’ll always be a boring donkey.” Of course, Stubby thinks he will never be good enough to carry a royal passenger on his back.

But the next day, his destiny changes. When Stubby goes to the village well for a morning drink, two men throw a rope around his neck. Stubby thinks he is in for trouble, but one of the men says to the other, “The Lord has need of him.”

A woman throws her cloak over him. A man, with kind eyes, climbs gently on his back. As they pass through the streets, throngs of people cheer him on. They shout, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord.” Stubby realizes he is indeed carrying royalty on his back.

The illustrations are soft, colorful watercolors sure to capture a little one’s attention.

What I Like: Just about everything.

What I Dislike: I don’t really like the font used for the text. I don’t know the name of the font, but the letters are white with a black outline. They are a bit hard to read in parts of the book. I think a bold, black text would have been better for this particular layout.

Overall Rating: Very good.

Age Appeal: The publisher suggests 9-12 as the appropriate age group for this book. I think this book would appeal more to children who are younger, more like 4-10.

Publisher Info: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc., 2008; ISBN: 1933090731; Paperback, $10.95.

Buy now at $10.95.

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