One Small Donkey

One Small Donkey, Boardbook
By Dandi Daley Mackall / Thomas NelsonOne Small Donkey, Boardbook   -     By: Dandi Daley Mackall

In One Small Donkey by Dandi Daley Mackall, and illustrated by Marta Alvarez Miguens, little ones will discover the story of the very first Christmas, seen through the eyes of an unlikely narrator—the donkey that carries Mary to Bethlehem. The donkey is not the biggest, fastest, or strongest of all the animals but he had an important job all the same. A wonderful message for children ages 4 to 8 years with lovely illustrations and a gently, rhyming text.

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One Small Donkey is a children’s board book suggested for children between the ages of four and eight. One Small Donkey tells the possible part that a small donkey had in Christ’s birth. It begins with the donkey grazing in a field and ends with the donkey by the side of baby Jesus. 

The illustrations are rich with color and nicely done with curved angles and for characters and landscape. The content of One Small Donkey does follow the story of baby Jesus’ birth from a distance (not closely with detailed accounts). However, the wording and arrangement of the text content do not seem to flow and rhyme as smoothly as you would think it would. I do not have a recommendation for One Small Donkey; the written story did not stand out to me, but the illustrations were noteworthy.