C is for A Christmas Story by Brian Wildsmith
Brian Wildsmith’s retelling of the Christmas story is told from the point of view of the donkey’s child and a girl called Rebecca. It’s a lovely idea to retell the story from the viewpoint of another character and Brian’s gorgeous illustrations are the perfect accompaniment to this well known story. The shepherds, Angel Gabriel, Herod’s Palace and the innkeeper are all included and this edition has a beautiful Nativity scene for a child to cut out and make.
The Story: A little donkey is born in Nazareth but when he is nine moths old his mother goes with Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. Rebecca looks after the donkey but the donkey is missing his mother so much that Rebecca and the donkey travel to find Mary and Joseph. When Rebecca and the donkey reach Bethlehem they see a bright star in the sky and they find Mary, Joseph and a new baby, Jesus, in a stable. The donkey and his mother travel on to Egypt while Rebecca goes home with one of the three kings.
Author / Illustrator: Brian Wildsmith
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