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"The whole world opened to me when I learned to read." More
Summary: An old donkey recalls the story of the day he was sold to strangers who needed a donkey that had never been ridden. When Jesus, the man he was to carry comforts him, his fear is replaced by pride and a desire to protect him from an "unsettling crowd." This is the story of Jesus' arrival in Jerusalem on what is now Palm Sunday.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Reading Level: 3.2
Age of Child: Started reading with child nearly 2½ years old.
Young Reader Reaction: S/He immediately sat down for the story. It's a regular evening request.
Adult Reader Reaction: The wording and illustrations combine to create a beautiful story. The story ends before Jesus' arrest, making it a good way to introduce the events to come without creating an alarmed, confused or fearful preschooler.
Pros: Having the donkey narrate the tale is a good perspective, especially for kids who tend to have an affinity for talking animals.
Borrow or Buy: Buy…especially if there is more than one child in the house. It is a beautifully illustrated book that shares the story of Jesus' last days in a non-graphic fashion.