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The Ox and the Donkey: A Christmas Story

The Ox and the Donkey: A Christmas Story

by Gunter Spang, Loek Koopmans
     
 

The ox and the donkey lived together in a stable in the little town of Bethlehem. But they were not friends. The ox bullied the gentle donkey, greedily gobbling up most of the hay and refusing to cuddle near to share his warmth. Then one cold winter night, a Child is born in their stable, and miraculously the ox is transformed into a kind and generous companion.

Overview

The ox and the donkey lived together in a stable in the little town of Bethlehem. But they were not friends. The ox bullied the gentle donkey, greedily gobbling up most of the hay and refusing to cuddle near to share his warmth. Then one cold winter night, a Child is born in their stable, and miraculously the ox is transformed into a kind and generous companion. Loek Koopmans's lovely, reverent pictures illuminate this sweet story about a small, but satisfying Christmas miracle.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
As happens in many a tale of holiday spirit, the protagonists here start out as enemies and, inspired by the miracle of Christmas, become fast friends. The greedy and cranky ox hogs all the feed and is generally rude to his weak, sad barn mate, the donkey. But when the animals' stable becomes the birthplace of Jesus, the donkey's joy softens the ox's heart. Koopmans's (The Christmas Visitor) pale and gauzy watercolors cast a reverent light throughout. Ages 5-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
A selfish and greedy ox and a long-suffering donkey have their lives changed when parents of the Christ Child give birth in their barn. When the donkey is called to transport the Child and his mother to Egypt, his new friend the ox grieves until the donkey returns. Koopman's delicately rendered watercolors portray a European Mary and Joseph with gentleness and warmth, the Baby looks like a baby, and the donkey is especially endearing. With pictures stronger than the story, the book nonetheless has a quiet charm and the easy way in which a miracle transforms the ox will seem perfectly natural to a child audience. 2001, North-South Books, $15.95. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Susan Hepler
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-A lazy ox is greedy and wild, so a gentle donkey does the work for both of them and the ox eats more than his share of food. The situation changes one night when Mary and Joseph come to the rundown stable in which the animals live. Their kindness brings comfort and love to the lowly donkey and transforms the ox into a decent, caring animal. When the baby Jesus is born, the creatures take turns trying to keep him warm. Peace prevails and honor is bestowed to the donkey when the innkeeper offers its services to escort the Holy Family to Egypt. This retelling of the Nativity is well suited for young children. The text is straightforward and easy to understand. The subtle watercolor illustrations are bathed in star- and lamplight and glow with an inner sense of tranquility.-I. A. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780735815155
Publisher:
North-South Books, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2001
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.56(w) x 11.56(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Loek Koopmans was born in the Netherlands and studied at the academy of the fine arts in Arnhem. He illustrates picture books, writes stories, and is a painter, and in 1993 and 1996 he won the the Dutch Award for best illustrated book." In addition, his work has been featured in the catalog of the Bologna book fair. He is the author and illustrator of several children's books and currently lives with his wife in Zwolle.

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