The Donkey's Christmas Song

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A special baby is born in a stable, and the shy little donkey wants to be the first of the animals to sing his song of welcome. But he is afraid his bray will sound too rough. So first the doves sweetly sing cooo, cooo and the cow warmly sings mooo, mooo. But it is the donkey's noisy bray -- hee-aw! hee aw! -- that makes the baby laugh with joy!

Lyrically told, and illustrated with large, richly hued images aglow with starlight, this joyous picture book from Caldecott ...

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Overview

A special baby is born in a stable, and the shy little donkey wants to be the first of the animals to sing his song of welcome. But he is afraid his bray will sound too rough. So first the doves sweetly sing cooo, cooo and the cow warmly sings mooo, mooo. But it is the donkey's noisy bray -- hee-aw! hee aw! -- that makes the baby laugh with joy!

Lyrically told, and illustrated with large, richly hued images aglow with starlight, this joyous picture book from Caldecott Honor-winner Nancy Tafuri is the perfect way to welcome young children into the wonder of the first Christmas.

Various animals welcome a new baby born in a stable with their special sounds, but the donkey is afraid that his braying will be too harsh.

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Publishers Weekly
In a smooth transition to board book, The Donkey's Christmas Song (2002) by Nancy Tafuri stars a donkey that ends up cheering the infant Jesus more than any of the other animals in the stable. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Judy Rowen
When a special baby was born in a stable long ago, the animals all wanted to welcome him with a song. The doves cooed, the cows mooed. The donkey was afraid to sing to the baby because his bray was so loud. Finally, the baby welcomed the shy little donkey with a smile, and the donkey sang. The baby laughed! Even the donkey with his loud hee-aw was welcome; he nuzzled up to keep the baby warm. The illustrations are detailed pencil, ink, and watercolor drawings. Little children who enjoy repetition and making the sounds of barnyard animals will enjoy this board book version as much as the original picture book.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-"Under a bright star,/a long, long time ago-/a baby was born in a stable." This simple story follows the barnyard animals as they each come forward to greet the child. Only the shy donkey hangs back, until he is welcomed by the infant's smile, and he sings his noisy song. This beautifully told and illustrated tale includes a rhythmic repetition of language and the sounds each creature makes. Tafuri's combination of soft colors and delicate lines sets a tone that is both engaging and comforting. A lovely rendition of an oft-told tale.-L. I. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Tafuri (Mama’s Little Bears, 2002, etc.) once again shows her talent for creating memorable works for younger children with this warm and tender story on the offerings-for-baby-Jesus theme. The friendly animals in the stable take turns welcoming the baby in their midst with their own animal songs (with animal noises that will invite participation from young listeners). The shy donkey holds back until the baby smiles at him, and then the donkey’s loud braying makes baby Jesus laugh. In a cozy, calm conclusion, the donkey curls up next to the manger to help keep the baby warm, with the other animals also bedded down nearby, and the story ends as it began, " . . . under that bright star, a long, long, time ago." The simple story and patterned text will serve well as an introduction to the Nativity story for younger preschoolers, and the large format and uncomplicated page design help to make this an excellent choice for reading aloud to a group. Sharp-eyed children will note that a pair of doves has an offering for the baby in addition to their cooing--a tiny olive branch that baby Jesus holds in his little fist. The motif of the dove in flight with the olive branch is also shown on the back cover and on the dedication page and referenced in the volume’s dedication, " . . . to all a song of peace." (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439273138
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 3 Years
  • Lexile: AD290L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 10.44 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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