Wednesday, October 19, 2022

"The Little Donkey" - a bookwrap



The Little Donkey

By Gerda Marie Scheidl

Illustrated by Bernadette Watts


* Ages:  4-7

* Grades:  K-2

* Hardcover:  32 pages

* Publisher:  NorthSouth Books

* Pub. Date:  Oct. 18, 2022

* ISBN-13:  978-0735845329

* Language:  English

Editorial Reviews

"A humble donkey hears of the new King's birth and journeys to Bethlehem. Along the way, he struggles through brambles, is sneered at by a camel, disdained by a lion, and laughed at by the other animals. The little donkey feels so worthless that he begins to stumble until a great light guides him to his destination, where the baby reaches out his hand. . . . This story stresses that Jesus welcomes even the most lowly, and Watts' watercolors overlaid with crayon-like texture are appealing and rustic".--"School Library Journal”.

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The Book

This is a perfect Christmas book to add to your Christmas picture-book collection.  A little donkey desires to go to Bethlehem to worship a new baby King that has just been born.  The donkey's master tells him the story is false and forbids him to make the journey.  

The wee donkey believes in his heart the story is true and when nightfall arrives he exits quietly to follow his heart's meet and worship Baby Jesus. 

Along the way he encounters a giraffe, a lion, and a hyena.  They ridicule, bully and make him feel totally worthless.  Why will a new King welcome someone as lowly and unimportant as you they tell him?  Poor little donkey feels very hurt and insignificant from the cruel and heartless words that are hurled at him from these creatures.  With his head drooping down he stumbles along persevering on his trip until finally he reaches his destination guided by a host of heavenly angels.  Will the new baby King eagerly accept and invite him into His presence?  What do you think? 

The illustrations are simple, soft and engaging.  The story is a beautiful take on the familiar Christmas story told through the eyes of this adorable little donkey.  The inspiring positive message assures readers that "ALL CREATURES" are precious to King Jesus.  I love this timeless message and I highly recommend the book.  It is a perfect gift to give at Christmas time or anytime.  Both young and old will benefit from its truth. 


Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


Meet the Author

Gerda Marie Scheidl was born in 1913 in Bremerhaven-GeestemΓΌnde in the north of Germany. Gerda Maria Scheidl studied dance at the Hellerau-Laxenburg School on the outskirts of Vienna, then trained as an actor and became a member of the Stadttheater Bremerhaven. Afterward she had a three-year stint with the Dortmund opera before returning to her studies, reading philosophy and art history. Gerda Maria Scheidl wrote both children’s books and plays for children. Later on she also worked for radio and television as well as being in charge of a private children’s theater. She died in 2005.

About the Illustrator

Bernadette Watts, known throughout Europe simply as Bernadette, has illustrated many dozens of folk- and fairy tales. Born in England, she loved to draw from childhood. She studied at the Maidstone Art School in Kent, UK, and for some time was taught by Brian Wildsmith and David Hockney. Bernadette’s many beautiful books include The Snow Queen and The Little Drummer Boy. Bernadette finds her inspiration in nature. Today she lives and works in Kent. She has been illustrating for NorthSouth Books and NordSΓΌd Verlag since the beginning of her career fifty years ago.

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


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