26th out of 31 books — 11 voters
Saint Francis and the Christmas Donkey
by Robert Byrd
When Saint Francis, the patron saint of animals, encounters a donkey who is unhappy with his lot in life, Francis tells him a story that heals. True, long ago God punished the mischievous animal by giving him long ears, a loud bray, and heavy burdens to bear. Yet God gave the donkey something wonderful, too. For who was it that carried Mary to Bethlehem across rugged mount...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 25th 2000 by Dutton Juvenile
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Dec 19, 2013 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a heartwarming tale about Saint Francis of Assisi explaining to a donkey the reason for his funny countenance as well as his role in the nativity. The story is entertaining and the illustrations are colorful and complement the narrative nicely. The author's note at the end of the story is informative, but a bit long, even for older children. We enjoyed reading this book together.
Jul 28, 2009 Kris Lawrence rated it 4 of 5 stars
Catholic Saint, Saint Francis of Assisi, explains to the donkey why other animals make fun of him and explains his special role in the birth of the Savior. Saint Francis may have been the first person to "act out" the scene of the Nativity. He acted it out with live animals around 1212.
What a great book! The pictures were beautiful and story. I like how it shows that God can punish but that he is also merciful. It will be a Christmas book at our house! It is a little long for my younger readers, but the illustrations were able wo keep their attention.
Robert Byrd has been delighting children of all ages with his whimsical, fantasy-filled children's books for over 30 years. As author and illustrator he has the rare talent to see his fanciful visions through to the minutest detail. Whether enlightening audiences to the many talents of Leonardo DaVinci or taking us into a wonderous world filled with foxes and bears in military attire, Bob, (as he'...moreMore about Robert Byrd...