The Donkey That No One Could Ride by Anthony DeStefano
Illustrated by: Richard Cowdrey
Genre: Christian Children’s Picture Book – Easter/Palm Sunday
Pages: 32 Hardcover – 9 x 9″
Date Published: February 2012
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
“… You will see a young donkey tied there that no one has ever ridden.”
Bestselling author Anthony DeStefano begins his creative telling of the beloved Bible story of Christ’s triumphant entry by introducing the young donkey who has yet to realize his important mission. The lowly creature believes he can do nothing noble, but that’s before he meets the Master…
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.
I’m just a poor donkey that no one can ride.”
Richard Cowdrey’s colorful illustrations pair beautifully with Anthony’s charming rhymes. Together, they bring this timeless story of the donkey who carries Jesus into Jerusalem to a joyful finish. While especially appropriate as an Easter gift, this year-round story is for all time and for young and old alike.
What a fabulous Easter/Palm Sunday picture book to share with your children. I have come to love other picture books that I’ve read from Anthony DeStefano and I already like Richard Cowdrey illustrations from coming to know our cute barking friend Marley, so I was not entirely surprised to be delighted with this picture book. I am quite certain it is one we will read again and again this spring and in years in the future. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to friends for Sunday School classes, or homeschool or just family reading.
If you like the essence behind The Crippled Lamb you’ll also love this one. God makes situations for even the littlest of animals as they all have their purpose.
*Thanks to Harvest House Publishers for providing a copy for review.*
Anthony DeStefano is the bestselling author of Ten Prayers God Always Says Yes To, A Travel Guide to Heaven, This Little Prayer of Mine, and Little Star. He has received prestigious awards from religious organizations worldwide for his efforts to advance Christian beliefs in modern culture.
Richard Cowdrey is the talented and well-known illustrator of numerous children’s books, including Bad Dog, Marley! and Marley Goes to School. He has worked with such distinguished clients as Bantam Books, National Football League, and World Wildlife Federation. Desiring to honor God with his work and with his life, Richard lives in Ohio with his wife and children.