Saturday, March 31, 2012

Don't Overlook This New Children's Book


  • Book: The Donkey That No One Could Ride
  • Author: Anthony DeStefano
  • Illustrator: Richard Cowdrey
  • Genre: Children’s Picture Book
  • Publisher: Harvest House
What makes a good children’s book is not where one is focused only on the child audience. A good book is one that is not obnoxious, non-preachy and has well-written prose that parents will enjoy reading it to their children over and over again.
Author Anthony DeStefano
“The Donkey That No One Could Ride” is an Easter-themed story that can be read all year round. It is written by Anthony DeStefano with prose that resembles Dr. Seuss’ works or even, “The Night Before Christmas.” While centered on Palm Sunday, the story is more about one of encouragement to children and adults alike.
The book focuses on verse Luke 19:30, “…You will see a young donkey tied there that no one has ever ridden.” The verse could refer to a donkey that is so wild that it hasn’t yet been tamed, but DeStefano chooses to portray this donkey as one who is small and weak instead. The donkey, with no name, wants to be important but can’t see beyond himself. In the story he meets Jesus who makes the donkey strong, emphasizing our need for Jesus as well. A page of the story goes like this:
Then Jesus said to the donkey,
“It’s time that you knew
About the great thing
That you’re destined to do...”
He hears the sad donkey cry,
 “Just leave me alone and cast me aside.
Artist Richard Cowdrey

 I’m just a poor donkey that no one can ride.”
"Donkey" is as simple as it is profound. The book is illustrated by New York Times bestselling artist, Richard Cowdrey. The colorful illustrations compliment the story well and resemble art from the old Golden Books that many of us have grown up with.
To learn more about the author and illustrator, click on the slideshow. To get a sneak-peak of the book, click on the video below. (Originally posted on Examiner.com)


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