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The Donkey's Christmas Song Hardcover – October 1, 2002

4.9 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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From Publishers Weekly

Stable animals that witness Jesus' birth welcome him with joyful noise in this fittingly melodic picture book. All the creatures wish to offer their unique songs to the baby, but the shy donkey refrains from taking part, worried that his bray is too coarse. In the end, his sincere "hee-haw" receives a most wonderful response. Tafuri's (I Love You, Little One) ability to combine a breezy storytelling style with economical text sets apart her timeless message that a gift from the heart is always the most appreciated. The outsize (10" x 10") format suits the large-scale, up-close perspectives of her softly edged pencil-and-watercolor art. Ages 2-5.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PreSchool-K-"Under a bright star,/a long, long time ago-/a baby was born in a stable." This simple story follows the barnyard animals as they each come forward to greet the child. Only the shy donkey hangs back, until he is welcomed by the infant's smile, and he sings his noisy song. This beautifully told and illustrated tale includes a rhythmic repetition of language and the sounds each creature makes. Tafuri's combination of soft colors and delicate lines sets a tone that is both engaging and comforting. A lovely rendition of an oft-told tale.-L. I.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 3 years
  • Lexile Measure: 290L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1 edition (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439273137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439273138
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 10.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #872,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No offense to the reviewer disappointed that this is not a "historical teaching tool", but this book is not intended to be that! Nancy Tafuri is one of the most gifted picture book authors for the very young, and she has used her talents here to make the Nativity story accessible to the very youngest readers. The gentle text and expressive pictures draw young children into the stable along with the animals to see the newborn baby, and to greet him.
I read this at storyhours for two and three year olds. The children love joining in on the animals' songs, and when the donkey sings his noisy "hee-haw" song, they laugh along with the baby. No, they don't get the deeper message, but we are talking about very little children and their first introduction to the story--and this works!
There are plenty of good books out there for older children about the Nativity. But if you want something to gently introduce your child to the wonder of Christmas--here it is.
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All the stable animals want to welcome the baby Jesus, and each take turns "singing" their own song by their respective animal noises. The doves' song is slow and sweet, the cow's is low and warm . . . such is the procession of gentle welcomes. When it is donkey's turn, he is concerned that his bray will be too loud. Nonetheless, he offers the baby his "noisy song", which elicits great joy and laughter from Jesus.

This book is an excellent choice for young children. Though it does not mention Jesus by name, nor many other Biblical details, it remains true to its intended age group. The simple and sweet text hold a child's attention while building just enough suspense for the ending. Meanwhile, it teaches/confirms each animal's name and its sound. There is also a lesson for young and old alike: that each of us are given a talent that can bring joy to our Lord, even when we think our gift is not as impressive as other's. In the end, your child will join along with Jesus in laughter at the donkey's noisy "hee-aw!"
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Format: Hardcover
My toddler class loved this book. They would always giggle and make all the animal sounds. I loved that it showed that even if we don't think we are good enough...we are. A sweet story and a great addition to any preschooler's collection!
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My 1-year-old really enjoys this book. It's the real Christmas story told from the animal's perspective. My son LOVES animals so he enjoys hearing what each animal says to baby Jesus. Almost all the kids I know would love this book!!
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I fell in love with this book; and so bought it for my 2 year old granddaughter; and then for my class of 3-4 year olds at Church.
All the kids were engaged. The pictures are adorable, Each animal in the barn comes to greet the baby Jesus; donkey, shy, last but best.
I embellish it as I read it to the kids; emphasizing how happy each animal is to see Jesus; and how so very kind Jesus is he welcomes the donkey. that way it serves two purposes; bringing the kids to Christ; and entertaining them with adorable pictures of barn animals.
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By Joanna on February 7, 2014
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Great transaction! The book arrived quickly and as described! This book is such a wonderful book! It is my favorite and really shows how Jesus loves all creatures great and small! I cry almost every time I read it to my kids!
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