“Carmichael’s lustrous palette brings the characters to life. Colvin’s sentimental tale is just right for a Christmas read-aloud.”
On the night of the Holy Nativity, Mary gave birth to Jesus in a manger, surrounded by lowly animals and humble shepherds. One such animal, the donkey, was present at the birth and had the honor and blessing to witness the beginning of what she called the Great Miracle—the life of Jesus Christ.
Inspired by the Scriptures themselves, Colvin presents a gentle and joyful account of the early life of Jesus from the perspective of the donkey. When Colvin realized that the Bible makes mention of a donkey both at the birth of Christ and on the occasion of his ride into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, she began to think about a relationship between the animals. This delightful picture book is the result, wherein the story of Jesus’ life becomes a cherished family legacy, passed down from grandmother, who witnessed Christ’s birth, to the grandson, who carried Jesus into Jerusalem the week before his crucifixion. From Jesus’ birth to the Holy Family’s flight from King Herod and the finding of Jesus in the temple in discourse with the Jewish scholars, the life of Jesus is celebrated by the humble animals who knew the blessing of serving Christ.
About the Author
Adele Bibb Colvin graduated from Vanderbilt University with a BA in philosophy. A native of Birmingham, Colvin is a songwriter and lyricist whose religious works have been used in worship services and published in songbooks. She is an active member of her community church, a member of the Junior League, and a literacy tutor. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband.
About the Illustrator
Peyton Hamilton Carmichael has been working as a professional artist for the duration of her adult life. Her works have been exhibited in New York’s Artexpo at the Javits Convention Center and in galleries across the southeast. A graduate of the University of Alabama, Carmichael is also an award-winning poet, having received a Silver Bowl Award for Literature at the 1985 Birmingham Festival of the Arts. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama.
THE DONKEYS’ TALES
By Adele Bibb Colvin
Illustrated by Peyton Hamilton Carmichael
JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Christmas & Advent
JUVENILE FICTION / Religious / Christian
32 pp. 8 3/4 x 10 5/8
31 color illus. Song