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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."
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.
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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