The stubborn, dirty little donkey who is of no use to anyone in Nazareth becomes a quick and willing helper under Mary’s care. The other animals in Mary's stable like him and together they wait for the birth of Mary's child. However, Mary and Joseph have to leave Nazareth obeying Caesar's decree, and the donkey carries Mary to Bethlehem where the child is born.
The donkey hopes to carry Mary and her son quickly back to Nazareth but instead they have to flee to far-away Egypt. Willingly, the donkey makes this journey through the desert. Only after a long time could they return home where the other animals in Mary's stable welcome them.
An engaging alternative to the traditional Christmas story, to be read to children ages 6 to 8, or for children ages 8 to 10 to read to themselves.
Mary's Little Donkey is also available as a storybook.
“When Joseph buys a scruffy, lazy, little donkey for Mary he does not realize how useful and helpful it will become. Told from the perspective of the donkey, this story gently carries the reader along to the stable in Bethlehem. Although a picture book, the text is full and detailed, which, together with the wonderfully precise clean illustrations, bring interest and appeal to this beautifully refreshing version of the traditional story of the first Christmas.”—Carousel
“Adapted for younger children from Gunhild Sehlin's classic chapter book, and sumptuously illustrated by Helene Muller, with marvelous details of the Holy Land, Mary's Little Donkey is especially recommended for children ages 4 to 7 and is certain to become an enduringly popular addition to family, preschool, elementary school, and community library Christmas picture book collections.”—Midwest Book Review
Gunhild Sehlin (1911-97) was a teacher in the south of Sweden, and then worked with children in Jerusalem and Amman. Her book Mary's Little Donkey has been widely translated into many languages.
Hélène Muller was born in 1957 in Paris and lives in the countryside, in Eure-et-Loir. After studying at the ENSAD (National School of Decorative Arts), she participated in the creation of an international bookstore specializing in works for young people while starting out in illustration. She likes to vary her pleasures, which is why she works for various publishers, both French and international, using various techniques, including soft pastels, watercolor, and pen and pencil.