One Small Donkey
Dandi Daley Mackall
Martina Alvarez Miguens
Tommy Nelson, 2016
32pp., board book., RRP $A14.99
One small donkey
Hunting for a blade of grass
Sees big horses full of power and might
Prancing proudly as they pass.
This is the story of The Nativity told from the perspective of Joseph’s donkey, Despite its apparent smallness and insignificance, the donkey still played a massive role in this event that continues to be celebrated around the world. Though the donkey wasn’t the biggest, fastest, or strongest of all the animals, he had an important job all the same.
Told in rhyme, this is a way to explain the story behind all the Christmas hype to the very young so they begin to understand what is really being recognised at this time. With its bright pictures and strong message that even the smallest of us has a role to play, it will appeal to parents who want their child to begin to know this enduring story and the common symbols associated with it including the angels, shepherds and the birth in the manger.
As an extra treat to start the season here’s a childhood favourite from Bing Crosby …