McClure, Gillian The Christmas Donkey

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The Christmas Donkey

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In a version of the Nativity story told by the donkey, a stubborn donkey believes that he should be employed by a king, not by the poor carpenter and his wife who own him

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The gifted illustrator of several of her father Paul Coltman's books (Witch Watch, 1989) relates a simple tale of her own, one with unusual resonance. Arod, orneriest of three donkeys belonging to a dealer, is the last to be sold--in fact, the man is so eager to be rid of him that he gives him to Joseph. With his heart set on bearing a king, the donkey has no thoughts of reform, but each prank--lunging toward a patch of tasty thistles, rearing at a falling star--is miraculously transformed; his sudden maneuvers save Mary from a lion or a snake. His burden, too, seems to grow lighter; and though there's so little room in the crowded stable that he has to nip an ox to find space to kneel, the baby rewards this rapidly mellowing sinner with a smile. In her elegantly mannered paintings, McClure uses motifs from several historical periods, subtly integrating Fra Angelico's rosy towers and the dramatic reverence of 17th-century Spanish figures with her freer brushwork and more contemporary palette. Lovely. (Picture book. 4-9) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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