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One Small Donkey for Little Ones Board book – September 27, 2016
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About the Author
Dandi Daley Mackall loves God, children, words, and animals. Her nearly 500 books for children and grown-ups have sold more than four million copies worldwide. She won the ECPA Christian Book Award for Best Children’s Book 2015 and multiple Mom’s Choice Awards, as well as ALA Best Book, NY Public Library Top Pick, Children’s Book Council Award of Excellence, and the Helen Keating Ott Award for Contributions to Children’s Literature. Her novel My Boyfriends’ Dogs is now a Hallmark Movie. Dandi writes from rural Ohio, where she lives with her family, including horses, dogs, cats, and an occasional squirrel, deer, or raccoon.
Marta Alvarez Miguens is a children’s book illustrator in La Coruña (Spain). Her artwork is characterized by happy colors and cute children and animals with red, healthy cheeks. In her spare time, Marta loves playing with her three cats, walking in the woods, watching movies, and drinking a cup of coffee with her friends.
Top customer reviews
I appreciate that this board book is a larger format than most others. It is a good size for group readings on the couch with little boys clamoring around to see the pictures. And the pictures are a delight to take in! The colors are perfectly suited to Christmas with merry, metallic detailing.
This story follows the journey of one small, humble donkey and how he finds out that the little guy can do the most important tasks. Donkey has always looked up to the mighty horses around him and wished to be more useful like them. One day his Master calls him to a special job- carrying a very pregnant Mary on the long and arduous trip to Bethlehem. Donkey is steady and faithful to his task and finally gets to rest in a stable- beside the brand new baby Jesus! In the end, Donkey realizes he may be small, but he truly received the greatest gift of all- helping to welcome the King to earth.
With engaging illustrations and fun rhyming text- One Small Donkey will be a family favorite this holiday season.
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Children will enjoy hearing the Christmas story from this unusual perspective. While not said straight out, parents can easily make connections to little ones and make it applicable to their lives. Children may be small, but God has big plans for their lives.
This book comes in both hardback and board book format. The whimsical artwork is bright and colorful. The words on each page are mostly simple to understand and brief in order to hold the attention of the smallest babes and toddlers. Parents will probably have to do a bit of explaining as words such as steeds, mindful, and awe are used. However children will love the repetition of "one small donkey" on each page, allowing the smallest talker to "read" along with the parent.
I did receive this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and am in no way obligated to write a positive one. I give this book four starts out of five. I love any Christmas story but would have loved for the author to make the connection and apply the role of the donkey to a child.
By: Dandi Daley Mackall
Illustrated by: Marta Alvarez Miguens
I am always eager to check out new children's books in general, and I especially love checking out the various Christmas books that come out. I like to give my nieces and nephews Christmas books for Christmas, so I was happy to have the chance to read and review One Small Donkey.
The pictures in this book are simple but fun. They are cute and I think that kids will really like them.
Who the book is for:
This is a boardbook, but I think that some of words will be hard for little ones to understand. I think that babies and toddlers might enjoy this book, but they won't necessarily "get" it.
What I liked:
I like the foiled title and the look of the cover, overall.
I like the repetitious text.
I like the Christmas story being told in a different way.
What I didn’t like:
I think that some of the words and way of wording things are a bit unusual for use in a children's book.
Overall, I think that this is an okay book.
I give One Small Donkey 4 out of 5 stars.
I received this book free to review from BookLook Bloggers. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions here are my own.
One small donkey holding very still --
Joseph ties the journey pack.
Mary, grinning, though she's great with child,
Climbs upon the donkey's back.
The book is truly ... beautiful. It speaks peace and sweetness and would be a fantastic coffee table book during the Christmas season and throughout the year. Not only does it tell the salvation story, it is simply ... lovely.
This one will stay in our library for a long time to come!
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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