The Angel and the Donkey

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9780618378401: The Angel and the Donkey

In this story from the Hebrew Bible, a stubborn donkey delivers an important message from the angel and helps her master, a powerful curse-layer, save the Israelites from the King of Moab.

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Alexander Koshkin has illustrated several books for Clarion. He lives in Moscow, Russia.

Katherine Paterson’s international fame rests not only on her widely acclaimed novels but also on her efforts to promote literacy in the United States and abroad. A two-time winner of the Newbery Medal (Bridge to Terabithia and Jacob Have I Loved) and the National Book Award (The Great Gilly Hopkins and The Master Puppeteer), she has received many accolades for her body of work, including the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, given by her home state of Vermont. She was also named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress. She served as the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature in 2010-2011. Ms. Paterson is vice president of the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance (www.thencbla.org), which is a not-for-profit education and advocacy organization. The NCBLA’s innovative projects actively promote literacy, literature, libraries, and the arts.  She is both an Alida Cutts Lifetime Member of the United States Board on Books for Young People (www.usbby.org) and a lifetime member of the International Board on Books for Young People (www.ibby.org). She and her husband, John, live in Barre, Vermont. They have four children and seven grandchildren. For more information, visit www.terabithia.com.

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Ages 6^-9. Paterson takes her story from an incident reported in the Hebrew Bible, Numbers 22^-24. In the city of Pethor, a powerful soothsayer named Balaam rides on his faithful donkey to bless the worthy or curse the unworthy, all for a proper fee. When the king of Moab learns that Moses and the Israelites are defeating nearby neighbors, the king sends for Balaam to curse the Israelites. Balaam is willing until an angel of God warns him off, but when offered a house full of gold and silver, Balaam reconsiders. Only the intervention of his loyal donkey saves Balaam from the angel's wrath, and when God puts blessings for the Israelites into Balaam's mouth, the king knows he is doomed. The telling is lengthy, but Paterson has done a fine job of shaping the story so that its most appealing elements are in the forefront for a juvenile audience. Illustrator Koshkin has used traditional Assyrian, Israelite, and Egyptian motifs to excellent effect, though several of the pictures are repetitious. Executed in watercolor, tempera, and gouache, the artwork is almost incandescent, reflecting the mood of the story. Paterson's author's note will be extremely useful to adults and can serve as an introduction to biblical writings. Ilene Cooper

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