Mary’s Little Donkey: And the Flight to Egypt
The stubborn, dirty little donkey who is of no use to anyone in Nazareth becomes a quick and willing helper under Mary’s care. The other animals in Mary’s stable like him and together they wait for the birth of Mary’s child. However, Mary and Joseph have to leave Nazareth obeying Caesar’s decree, and the donkey carries Mary to Bethlehem where the child is born.
The donkey hopes to carry Mary and her son quickly back to Nazareth but instead they have to flee to far-away Egypt. Willingly, the donkey makes this journey through the desert. Only after a long time could they return home where the other animals in Mary’s stable welcome them.
An engaging alternative to the traditional Christmas story, to be read to children ages 6 to 8, or for children ages 8 to 10 to read to themselves.
About the Author
Gunhild Sehlin (1911-97) was a teacher in the south of Sweden, and then worked with children in Jerusalem and Amman. Her book Mary’s Little Donkey has been widely translated into many languages.