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A Donkey's Tale

by Stefano Gorla

Children are fascinated by animals: the interesting noises they make, their bright colours, the way they feel to the touch, and their unpredictable nature. Popular children's stories often feature animals or are even told from the perspective of an animal to capture the attention of young readers. Especially when it comes to passing on the faith to your children-whether you are a parent, teacher, friend, or relative of a child-animal stories can be a great tool for catechesis.

In this awe-inspiring tale, children join Ladan, a fictional donkey, as he accompanies Jesus from his birth to his ascension. This improbable witness imaginatively retells both familiar and not so familiar Gospel stories. Like Jesus' disciples, Ladan is present for Biblical events and shares Jesus' kind words, teachings, and miracles with us. From the nativity scene, to Jesus healing the centurion's servant, to the widow's two coins, to Jesus' resurrection, this collection provides a diversified selection of Biblical stories.

The phrase "because I was there" is repeated by the donkey at the end of each story, emphasizing the importance of being a witness of and to the faith. Sensitively expressed and colorfully illustrated, A Donkey's Tale encourages children to also be witnesses to the faith by sharing what they have seen and heard about Jesus with others. Ideal for ages 6-8.

Features & Benefits:

  • Includes stories not conventionally covered in a children's book on the life of Jesus 
  • Promotes the new evangelization
  • Read aloud-friendly format
  • Short chapters can be read independently
  • Provides a unique gift option

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