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Donkey's Christmas Song

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  70 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
Now in board! A warm, broadly appealing celebration of the first Christmas, in which a donkey and other favorite animals welcome a very special baby.

A very special baby is born in a stable under a star, surrounded by friendly farmyard animals. The donkey wants to be the first to welcome the baby, but he is too shy. So the doves welcome him with their "Coo-coo," the cow wit
Board Book, 30 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Scholastic Press (first published October 1st 2002)
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Lesley Dahlseng
Dec 03, 2015 Lesley Dahlseng rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All the stable animals want to welcome the baby Jesus, and each take turns "singing" their own song by their respective animal noises. The doves' song is slow and sweet, the cow's is low and warm . . . such is the procession of gentle welcomes. When it is donkey's turn, he is concerned that his bray will be too loud. Nonetheless, he offers the baby his "noisy song", which elicits great joy and laughter from Jesus.

This book is an excellent choice for young children. Though it does not mention Jes
A simple and sweet text with lovely illustrations make this a wonderful story for preschoolers and toddlers. All of the animals are singing to the newborn baby Jesus. But donkey worries that his song will be too loud and wake the baby. When the baby coos at him, he decides to sing his song back to the baby. There is a sweet, tender ending. The illustrations are beautiful.
Mar 07, 2014 Mommywest rated it it was amazing
Beautiful Christmas book for young children! Each animal wants to welcome the baby Jesus, but the donkey is afraid his bray will scare the baby. What happens when the donkey decides to use his voice anyway is a sweet lesson in how we all have a different voice and a different role to play, and how Jesus loves us all.
Dec 08, 2014 Vicki rated it it was amazing
A nice sweet story about the animals in the stable and the gift of sounds they each brought him. A great way to engage a child or group by making the animal sounds. Lovely Nancy Tafuri illustrations - large, colorful in a soft way and pleasing.
A sweet story set around the Nativity and the barn animals as they meet baby Jesus. Children will certainly enjoy making the animal sounds provided in the story. Tafuri's illustrations are beautiful and the brevity of the story makes it great for younger children.
Jan 03, 2015 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the few nativity-based Christmas books that would appeal to young preschool and toddler-aged children. Well-done and age-appropriate.
Jan 06, 2015 Ruth rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
A simple, perfect Christmas story with softly perfect illustrations.
Nov 23, 2015 Amy added it
Lovely story!
Jun 12, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it
Cute but simple
Dec 09, 2008 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Emerson and Theodore
Read to Emerson on Christmas Night by Aunt Tee Tee.
She liked the illustrations. Story was nice and simple. Great opportunity for animal sounds. She also liked that the shy donkey was shown to be the best animal at the end.
Dec 20, 2008 Cindi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great for young children. A simple telling of the Christmas story as the animals sing for the baby Jesus. Donkey is afraid to sing because he's afraid he'll be too loud. Sweet conclusion.
Dec 22, 2009 Susan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone with kids or with a love of Christmas
Recommended to Susan by: Roxie's cousins gave it to her last year :)
Roxie got this little board book for Christmas last year, and it too, is one of my favorite Christmas books. It's really simple, but still almost makes me cry when I read it. We love it.
Dec 27, 2013 Donna rated it liked it
Shelves: children
Very basic but cute story of the animals in the stable "singing" to the baby.
Dec 27, 2011 Andrea rated it really liked it
The baby was born and placed in the manger and all the animals come to welcome Him. The donkey, however, is too afraid that his hee-haw may scare the baby.
Katie Casey
Nov 29, 2013 Katie Casey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-to-kids
Got this at the library, but we might have to buy it, it's so cute! Love how the shy little donkey gets up the courage to greet baby Jesus.
A darling picture book with a sweet message about a donkey wanting to share his gift with newborn Jesus.
Kate Hastings
Nov 11, 2007 Kate Hastings rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Pre-K toddlers babies
Shelves: christmas-books
Soft, simple illustrations show Jesus in the manger being welcomed by the animals making their "songs."
Dec 08, 2008 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Very simple, good for those just beginning to hear stories and appreciate pictures. Sweet story.
Lovely, sweet story, a good length for children....with a Caucasian Holy Family.
Jan 12, 2010 Kari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book, holiday
I am a major Nancy Tafuri fan. This is a nice book for the young child.
Dec 17, 2012 Paula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-story-time
Read for storytime 12.14.2012, 12.17.2012
Great Christmas story for preschoolers!
Jan 16, 2010 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
Loved it! M. even read it!
Jun 24, 2015 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014, stars-3
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Nancy Tafuri is probably best known as the creator of Have You Seen My Duckling?, a 1985 Caldecott Honor Book described by Parent’s Choice as “beautifully precise yet emotionally affecting.” Trained as a graphic designer, Tafuri has authored more than 45 books over 30 years for the very young.

When Tafuri first attempted picture book illustration in the late 1970’s picture books were aimed at five-
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