Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Littlest Donkey

The Littlest Donkey, written by Gail G. Faust, is a cute story about a smaller-than-normal donkey who grows up to be a very special donkey.

Donny (the donkey) is the only offspring of an older donkey whose name is. Sarah is visited one night by an angel who tells her she will give birth to a little donkey, who will be “smaller than the rest, but he will be remembered among men for all eternity.”

Because of his size, all the other animals around him make fun of him and won’t let him play with them. When he feels sad and sorry for himself his mother tells him, “Don’t worry, you are a special little donkey and one day you will be remembered by all men for all eternity.”

Sure enough, one day, when the farmer takes Donny to town to buy some things at the market, two men start taking Donny away. When the farmer asks, “What are you doing?” The men reply, “The Lord needs him!” You probably guessed why: Donny is the donkey Jesus rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. From that day on, all the other animals on the farm treat Donny with admiration and respect.

The bright illustrations by Tanja Bungardt are a bit cartoonish, but they work well with the story line.

What I Like: The story is cute and gives a different angle to an old one.

What I Dislike: However, the story strikes me as a cross between the Biblical story of Sarah being visited by an angel before she gives birth to Isaac and of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the reindeer that everyone picked on before he was chosen by Santa to pull the sleigh. The combination works, but all readers might not appreciate the twist.

Overall Rating: Good.

Age Appeal: No specific age group is given, but I would say 4-8 would be appropriate.

Publisher Info: Revolutionary Disciples Media, 2009; ISBN: 9780984336524; Paperback, $12.99.

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