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The Donkey That No One Could Ride Hardcover – February 1, 2012
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“The Donkey That No One Could Ride is a charming and powerful little book that every child will love! They’ll see that no matter how little or weak they feel, they can grow to be more than they dream once they have met Jesus. We’re giving this one to our great-grandchildren. And trust us―it will be read over and over!”
―Jimmy and Carol Owens, songwriters and authors
About the Author
Anthony DeStefano is the bestselling author of the adult Christian books A Travel Guide to Heaven, Ten Prayers God Always Says Yes To, Angels All Around Us, as well as the gift book I Just Can't Take It Anymore! and the children’s books Little Star, The Donkey That No One Could Ride, and Roxy, the Ritzy Camel. He has received prestigious awards from religious organizations worldwide for his efforts to advance Christian beliefs in modern culture.
Richard Cowdrey is the talented and well-known illustrator of numerous children’s books, including Bad Dog, Marley! and Marley Goes to School. He has worked with such distinguished clients as Bantam Books, National Football League, and World Wildlife Federation. Desiring to honor God with his work and with his life, Richard lives in Ohio with his wife and children.
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Last year our Deacons read this book to our children after the Passion. At each Mass, they all came up and sat around the Deacon. It was received well because it was directed specifically to these young people (although all the parents thoroughly cherished it). It brought the message of the day's celebration to them at their level. It changed their focus from the "standing" to something they appreciated. The author also supplied another inspirational message that the children could take home with them. No one is too weak, or can be considered so useless that God cannot use them and work through them. Each of us is a part of God's design. We all have been created for a purpose. That purpose was determined by God. If we trust God; if we allow him to work with us, he will help us with his own power, wisdom and strength to achieve this. We will find our fulfillment in this way.
This challenges us to see how we can build on this in the future. Hoping also that Anthony DeStefano will continue adding to this inspirational line of children's books he has to his credit. FYI: We have also done this with our Deacons two years in a row at our Christmas Children's Masses using another of DeStefano's beautiful books, Little Star.
Not only do I believe that this little book would appeal to young children, but reading it helped ME to view the donkey, who carried Jesus into the beginning of His saving passion , in a new light. That little donkey representative each one of us broken, weak bearers of Christ. Children as well as adults can appreciate the story.
The words are are beautifully written, the illustrations are beautifully done. The story is full of Christian symbolism.
I plan to read this book to my teenage granddaughters!
What a treasure!
This book falls directly in most of the things I look for; it has a fine story line, doesn't talk down to the listener, who is more than likely a child, or the adult who is reading it aloud, and has beautiful pictures. The donkey is truly sad because he can't live as a donkey should by being of service to his owner, but he isn't made to look maudlin and pathetic. In other words no child should be in tears because no one can ride the little donkey. I love stories that offer hope to the reader, and this story does.
Also,it ends gloriously on Palm Sunday but does not continue on to Easter, except for the shadowy crosses in the background. This makes it a lot easier to discuss with little people who will also be able to love it as they grow older.
All in all, I loved it and am very happy to add it to my collection. I can also recommend it as a good bedtime story book.
I bought this book at Amazon, the best source I have found for all books.
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