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The Donkey That No One Could Ride
Tell the Easter Bunny to hop aside!
Biblical scholars and theologians agree it was no accident that Jesus chose a lowly donkey to carry him into Jerusalem. But how did the donkey feel about that? In The Donkey That No One Could Ride, best-selling author Anthony DeStefano weaves a tale of the transforming power of faith as seen through the eyes of that familiar yet little-examined donkey. And what a tale it is!! With breath-taking illustrations by New York Times bestselling artist Richard Cowdrey (illustrator of the Marley and Me series), DeStefano writes of a weak and useless donkey whose life is changed forever after meeting Jesus and learning that all things are possible if only he believes. Children and adults will be able to relate to this charming story about the ultimate “underdog”, and Christians looking for an Easter book that goes beyond chocolate bunnies and dyed eggs will be absolutely thrilled.
"... 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.
The Donkey That No One Could Ride by Anthony DeStefano
"DeStefano finds a fresh take on the events that lead to Easter. Using a small scriptural reference to the unridden donkey that Jesus rides in triumph into Jerusalem, DeStefano imagines a transformative relationship between a small, weak donkey and a figure who gives him strength and asks him to have faith. The text’s rhymes (“No matter how much he tried or he cried/ This was a donkey no one could ride”) make for easy read-aloud. Cowdrey’s illustrations focus on the donkey, conveying the development from initial lethargy to the donkey’s energetic and confident strength. It’s a welcome change from Easter chicks and bunnies."
– Publishers Weekly
The Donkey That No One Could Ride by Anthony DeStefano Before his triumphant Palm Sunday entrance, Jesus tells His disciples to fetch a never-ridden colt. This tale, illustrated in a retro style reminiscent of the old Davy and Goliath TV show, imagines the donkey to be "young, weak, and small, so weak he could carry nothing at all." Everyone mocks the donkey. Finally his owner sends him away, and that is when the disciples come for him. When Jesus speaks to him, the donkey protests that he is no good, but Jesus says, "My help is enough; It's all that you need. It's all you require in life to succeed." And so the donkey carries Jesus into Jerusalem and remembers long after, "The King used a donkey—young, weak, and small."