A long time ago in the Holy Land lived a scruffy little donkey who hated hard work. And then he met gentle, kind Mary, and his world changed forever. When Mary and Joseph have to travel the long journey to Bethlehem, who can they rely on to get them there safely?
This is a unique version of the traditional nativity story, told from the child-friendly perspective of the little donkey, who grows in confidence and pride as Mary and Joseph place their trust in him. The story ends with the wonder of the birth of Jesus, and the little donkey’s promise to keep looking after his new family.
Adapted for younger children from Gunhild Sehlin’s classic chapter book, this Christmas story is sumptuously illustrated by Hélène Muller, with marvellous details of the Holy Land.
‘Widely translated since its original 1962 publication, this Swedish �spin-off� Bible story has now been abridged and beautifully illustrated in a realistic style, rich with detail… Uplifting, child-friendly holiday fare with a religious bent.’
— School Library Journal
‘Soft-focus illustrations in muted colors provide interesting details of the journey, with particularly appealing animal characters.[�] A readable, pleasant story for patient listeners.’
Gunhild Sehlin (1911-97) was a teacher in the south of Sweden, and then worked with children in Jerusalem and Amman. Mary’s Little Donkey has been widely translated into many languages.
Hélène Muller was born in Paris in 1957. The daughter of acclaimed illustrator Gerda Muller, Hélène studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and has illustrated numerous books for children.