Little Runty, the Luckiest Donkey by Martina Parnelli
If you have ever wondered about the donkey that carried Mary into Bethlehem, this is the perfect book. Little Runty bears the Mother of God and leaves home far behind. This very personal story is told from a tiny donkey’s point-of-view, as he is rejected by everyone except St. Joseph. Runty sees wonders beyond the imagination in this charming re-telling of the Christ Child’s birth, taken from the account given to Venerable Maria D’Agreda by the Blessed Virgin herself.
This is an excellent read-aloud for the season of Advent and would also make an interesting addition to a Catholic elementary school library. Martina Parnelli’s art is cheerful and colorful, with painstaking attention to historical detail. Stay tuned for the rest of this fascinating trilogy!