Cover image for The donkey's Christmas song
Title:
The donkey's Christmas song
Author:
Tafuri, Nancy.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Press, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 x 28 cm
Summary:
Various animals welcome a new baby born in a stable with their special sounds, but the donkey is afraid that his braying will be too harsh.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 290 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.6 0.5 73496.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.4 1 Quiz: 31577 Guided reading level: D.
ISBN:
9780439273138

9780439273145
Format :
Book

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A special baby is born in a stable, and the little donkey wants to be the first to sing his song of welcome. But he is afraid his bray will sound too rough. So first the doves sweetly sing cooo, and cow warmly sings mooo, mooo. But it is the donkey's noisy bray that makes the baby laugh with joy.


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Booklist Review

PreS. The gentle art is gorgeous in this very simple Christmas story of the animals that welcome the newborn baby Jesus in the stable. All the barnyard creatures sing to the baby--the doves Cooo, cooo; the cow sings Mooo, mooo, low and warm; the goats Maaa, maaa gently; mice Eeep, eeep. But the shy little donkey is afraid his bray is too loud--until the baby welcomes the donkey with a smile. Then the donkey's noisy Hee-aw! Hee-aw! makes the baby laugh with joy. The clear double-page spreads in watercolor, pencil, and ink show the family and the animals close up and close together, tender and cozy as they snuggle in the straw. With softly shaded rhythmic lines, the animals' fur and feathers look wonderfully physical. Even toddlers will join in the animal sounds, and, like the baby, they will want to stroke each creature, especially the gentle little donkey who keeps the baby warm. --Hazel Rochman


Publisher's Weekly Review

Stable animals that witness Jesus' birth welcome him with joyful noise in this fittingly melodic picture book. All the creatures wish to offer their unique songs to the baby, but the shy donkey refrains from taking part, worried that his bray is too coarse. In the end, his sincere "hee-haw" receives a most wonderful response. Tafuri's (I Love You, Little One) ability to combine a breezy storytelling style with economical text sets apart her timeless message that a gift from the heart is always the most appreciated. The outsize (10" x 10") format suits the large-scale, up-close perspectives of her softly edged pencil-and-watercolor art. Ages 2-5. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-"Under a bright star,/a long, long time ago-/a baby was born in a stable." This simple story follows the barnyard animals as they each come forward to greet the child. Only the shy donkey hangs back, until he is welcomed by the infant's smile, and he sings his noisy song. This beautifully told and illustrated tale includes a rhythmic repetition of language and the sounds each creature makes. Tafuri's combination of soft colors and delicate lines sets a tone that is both engaging and comforting. A lovely rendition of an oft-told tale.-L. I. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.