The Donkey’s First Christmas

S. T. Schroder
Tilli Publishing (2011)
ISBN 9781908053015

Reviewed by Madison Schlarman (age 5) and Mom for Reader Views (2/12)

Have you ever considered the story of Jesus’ birth from the viewpoint of the special donkey that carried Mary to Bethlehem?  This creative and well-written book grabs children’s attention with a funny and clever donkey who doesn’t like to work.  Though his tactics to avoid work have always worked in the past, one day a man comes and doesn’t take no for an answer.  It is on this day that the donkey realizes he was made for a purpose.  He is special and he is worthwhile.  With a little encouragement donkey realizes he has been given the most special of jobs!


“The donkey is lazy.  He drives his owner crazy. He tries to get out of his work by playing sick, hiding and limping.  Joseph takes him anyway.  He doesn’t have to pay.  He is free! He has to carry the lady with a baby in her belly.  He is sad until she gives him a pear! She is nice to him and says ‘Oh you clever little donkey.’  It makes donkey feel good.  He tries his best.  He doesn’t think he can go all the way.  They help him.   They go to a barn where baby Jesus is born.  The donkey is special. He helped carry Mary!  I liked this book.  The donkey was special and Mary was nice.  The donkey was funny.  I’m glad he did his job.”


I love this book!  “The Donkey’s First Christmas” is one of the best books written about the birth of Jesus.  The donkey is quite funny and both of my children loved reading about him.  While telling the tale of Christ’s birth, this book also points out some very valuable lessons!  The donkey is lazy but is unable to avoid work.  When he realizes how nice it is to feel accomplishment and a complete a job well done, he likes to work.  It also puts a focus on treating others kindly, with encouragement and respect.  I loved everything about this book and so did my girls.  The illustrations are wonderful.  The new angle to the story of Christ’s birth is magnificent.  I also appreciate that 10% of all the profits from this book go to help fight human trafficking.  Everything about this book is highly recommendable.  I will be purchasing copies of “The Donkey’s First Christmas” for the children in my life.


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