The Donkey's First Christmas  -     By: Susanne T. Schroder
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The Donkey's First Christmas

Tilli Publishing / 2011 / Paperback

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This funny donkey hates the idea of work. He hates it so much, he tries all kinds of ways to avoid it. His tactics have always paid off in the past, because people mistakenly think he's useless so leave him alone. On winter however, a man turns up at the yard who simply 'can not be put off...' and gives the shocked little donkey the job of a lifetime.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 24
Vendor: Tilli Publishing
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 21.00 X 25.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1908053011
ISBN-13: 9781908053015
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 2-5

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Author/Artist Review

Author: Susanne T Schroder
Located in: West Kirby, UK
Submitted: August 02, 2011

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I live in the UK with my husband and two boys in a charming English cottage with drafty windows and doors, a very wonky floor and an overgrown garden that I keep meaning to do something about. I have a 4 year course in Pedagogy (roughly translated - ways of educating children), an MA in Children's Illustration and have had 4 children's books published since 2006.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I was asked to do some Christmas stories for a 200 plus toddler group that I lead a sing song for every week. I wanted to communicate something of the wonder of Christmas. I also wanted to engage and relate to the younger child. I think the ‘rebel donkey’ character enabled me to do this.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I hope they will get a taste of how good God is, and of how much potential there is inside of us - no matter how inadequate we may feel. I also hope they will be reminded of what a powerful tool encouragement is when it comes to shaping the lives of our little ones.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  I realized that God had inspired me to do this book, as the words just came to me as easy as anything.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  I am mostly influenced by what God has put in my heart - from what I know about his nature and character; from the bible - its stories and wisdom. Then I can get inspired by really creative music. Madonna does a cracker every now and again, as does Beyonce, LZ7, The Newsboys, Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond etc. Concerning authors, I love Francesca Simon who does the Horrid Henry series - people may think it encourages bad behavior (my husbands view) but I think it's hilarious and only encourages good reading! The Horrible History series inspire me as they have an amazing ability to relate to kids and to make something potentially dry - like history, really fascinating. I think illustrators like Oliver Jeffers, Lucy Cousins and Mick Inkpen are great and they have no doubt influenced the style of what I do.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  This book is the first in a series of Christmas books about some unlikely heroes and the role they play at the very first Christmas. All the characters - a useless donkey, a dull robin without a song, and a complaining camel - have their particular weakness or flaw, but in each story, they discover that they have been just perfect for the job!

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