Little ones can do big things for God!
Your family will love this heartwarming Christmas story told from an unlikely perspective: a donkey carrying Mary to Bethlehem. Though the donkey wasn’t the biggest, fastest, or strongest of all the animals, he had an important job all the same. Adults and children alike will love the message about how God has big plans for little ones.
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, and her awards include an ECPA Christian Book Award for Best Children’s Book. Dandi writes from rural Ohio, where she lives with her family, including horses, dogs, cats, and an occasional squirrel, deer, or raccoon.
|Publisher:||Nelson, Thomas, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||9.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
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.
Read an Excerpt
One Small Donkey
A Christmas Story
By Dandi Daley Mackall, Marta Álvaréz Miguens
Thomas NelsonCopyright © 2016 Dandi Daley Mackall
All rights reserved.
One small donkey on a lonely hill, Hunting for a blade of grass, Sees big horses full of power and might, Prancing proudly as they pass.
One small donkey wishes he were big, Marching on a festive day, Stallions lining up to follow him, Knowing he will lead the way.
One small donkey hears his master call: "Come along! It's time to go." Donkey, rushing to his master's voice, Wishes he were not so slow.
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.
One small donkey with a clip, clip, clop, Trots along the winding road, Hurries on the trail to Bethlehem, Mindful of his priceless load.
One small donkey underneath the stars Senses the Creator's hand. Pure, white snowflakes soon begin to fall, Whitening the Promised Land.
One small donkey hears a baa, baa, baa. Shepherds watch their flocks by night. Fancy horses rear and pass them by. Up above, one star shines bright.
One small donkey at the city gate, Bumped and shoved and pushed aside. Joseph knock, knock, knocks on every door, Seeking shelter for his bride.
Excerpted from One Small Donkey by Dandi Daley Mackall, Marta Álvaréz Miguens. Copyright © 2016 Dandi Daley Mackall. Excerpted by permission of Thomas Nelson.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have a serious weakness for books written by Dandi Daley Mackall. It's the beautiful art, coupled with simple words and big, important truths that always win my heart. This little book, the advent story from the perspective of the small donkey that traditionally traveled with Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, is probably my all-time favorites of hers. Even though the donkey wasn't "the biggest, fastest, or strongest", God still used him to do important things. God doesn't look for the "best" he looks for the willing and humble is the theme of the story. It's a lesson that I am glad to start teaching little ones early: God doesn't call the qualified so much as he qualifies the called. Also, who wouldn't fall in love with the cheerful, festive but endearing illustrations that accompany each part of the story? It's one that we'll be reading over and over this year, to be sure.