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Comment: Tazewell, Charles. 1947, The John C. Winston Co. Hardcover, 32 pp. Designed and illustrated by Franklin Whitman. Signed and inscribed by author to "Ernie Ford, who has a wonderful way with words and small donkeys." The price-clipped dust jacket is in a mylar cover and has edge wear, a small 3/4" tear on the lower front edge, an approx. 2" cut on the front, a small red mark on the rear, and a damp stain on the rear. The illustrated boards are very clean with ligher edge wear on the corners and spine ends. The binding is tight. A small damp stain at the bottom edge of the hinge extends to all the pages but does not affect the text. The text is clean and unmarked. The b&w and color illustrations are bright. A very nice Christmas story that was recorded by Bing Crosby and was the basis of a short film by Disney. All proceeds go to the Sacramento Public Library. Thank you for your interest in this book!
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The Small One: A Story for Those Who Like Christmas and Small Donkeys Hardcover – 1947

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Philadelphia: John C Winston Company, 1947. 1st Edition, Hardbound, about 9.25 inches tall by 6.25 inches wide, 32 pages. Illustrations, which are both black and white and color, and the cover/jacket art are by Franklin Whitman. "The story of a small boy who found out quite by chance why donkeys are not really stubborn, as people say, but proud, because one donkey long ago was chosen to go with Mary and Joseph into Bethlehem."


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: John C. Winston (1947)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00005XWMN
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,059,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Helen Byrne on January 13, 2013
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The Bing Crosby recording of this story was part of my childhood but was unfortunately lost and I was not able to pass it on to my children. However I now have a copy of the record to play to my grandchildren and I was thrilled to be able to find the book which I am pleased to say is almost identical to the story told by Bing.
Who cares if Joseph did not acquire his donkey in this fashion, it might have happened and it is a lovely story that cannot offend anyone's religious views.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R.C. Collins on June 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this for my niece who really liked the Disney movie. This book is a bit different than the Disney film, does not contain many pictures, and was not really appropriate for her, age 2. It's a nice story but given the large amount of text this is better for older readers.

Alternatively, there is a Small One book based on the Disney film that is more for the younger set.


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