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Saddle Stitched
36 pages
Feb 2010

Dave the Donkey

by Andrew McDonough

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Dave the Donkey: An Easter Story by Andrew McDonough is another book in the Cecil & Friends series of humorous, biblically fictional, but highly entertaining retellings of Bible stories. In this short episode, Dave is a young donkey who has been used by Jesus to ride into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, amidst cheers and great fanfare and many shouts of love for "the King." Dave can hardly wait until his old grandfather donkey returns from a trip to tell him all about it. Grandfather listens patiently, but then he shares with Dave the sad news that the King whom Dave had carried into the city was made to wear a crown of thorns and was nailed to a cross. Dave is heartbroken until Grandfather finishes the story by saying the King rose from the dead and conquered the grave.

As the story ends, Dave asks his grandfather if he can even begin to comprehend how great it felt to carry the King. Grandfather smiles and says that he certainly can, for it was he who carried the Virgin Mary to Bethlehem, where she gave birth to the King.

This book is vivid in its use of bright colors. The drawings are simplistic, similar to outlined characters in a coloring book. The words used are easy enough for young readers to follow. Although this story is pure fabrication, it does explain in childlike ways the sacrifice and redemption mission of Jesus. Dr. Dennis E. Hensley,

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Children will learn the Easter story based on Mark 11:1-10 as told by the donkey that gave Jesus a ride into Jerusalem.