Stuck inside their small stable one very rainy afternoon, two little donkeys listen to a story their grandfather tells them, a story that they will always carry in their hearts. Years ago, when the grandfather was still a young donkey, he was called to serve a man named Jesus.
Carrying Jesus on his back into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, the faithful donkey stays with the Lord throughout that first Easter week. He watches with fear and awe when Christ overturns the money tables in the Temple and feels blessed to see Jesus cure the sick and teach parables.
At Jesus’ side throughout the Last Supper, the agony in the garden, and the betrayal and crucifixion, the donkey experiences Christ’s compassion for all creatures and discovers that God’s love is for everyone and always will be. After watching Jesus die and mourning his death, the donkey learns of Christ’s Resurrection and travels to Galilee to see Jesus once again, experiencing the joy all Christians share at every Easter celebration. Marvelously illustrated, this timeless, thoughtful, and sensitive story teaches children of all ages the meaning of what it is to love and serve Jesus Christ.
About the Author
Adele Bibb Colvin is a songwriter and lyricist whose work has been published in songbooks and used in the worship services of all denominations. Colvin received a BA in philosophy from Vanderbilt University and is an active member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Birmingham, where she also is a member of the Junior League and a literacy program tutor. Colvin has three adult children and seven grandchildren and lives with her husband in Birmingham, Alabama.
About the Illustrator
Peyton Hamilton Carmichael is an artist and poet whose artwork has been exhibited in galleries throughout the Southeast and New York. Carmichael graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Alabama and was the recipient of the Silver Bowl Award for Literature at the 1985 Birmingham Festival of Arts. This is her second collaboration with Colvin, having previously illustrated Pelican’s The Donkeys’ Tales, the inspired story of Jesus’ childhood as told by a donkey. Carmichael lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband.
THE DONKEY’S EASTER TALE
By Adele Bibb Colvin
Illustrated by Peyton Hamilton Carmichael
JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Easter and Lent
32 pp. 8.75 x 10
30 color illus.