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Book Review: Joseph's Donkey

Guest Reviewer: Christine Peters
Joseph's Donkey

 Artwork © Sophia Press


Joseph's Donkey

By Anthony DeStefano; Illustrated by Juliana Kolesova

I recommend this beautifully written and illustrated rhyming book for children.  In portraying the strength and faithfulness of the donkey, the author and illustrator also show the same virtues in Joseph.  By following the Joyful mysteries of the Rosary - the Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity, Presentation, & Finding of Jesus in the Temple, plus the flight into Egypt – they show how both the donkey and Joseph play an important role in protecting Mary and Jesus.  



All art © Juliana Kolesova/Sophia Institute Press 

When I read this book aloud to a 1st grade class at St. Joseph Catholic School (in Vancouver, WA) they enjoyed both the illustrations and the rhymes.  I paused before the last rhyming word of each verse so the 1st graders could predict it – which they did quite easily.  They also enjoyed providing the three “Hee-Haws” when the donkey alerted Joseph and Mary that he spotted 12 year old Jesus in the Temple and their anxious search for him was over. 




This book would be a wonderful gift for children. Look for it in your local Catholic bookstore, or over at Sophia Press.




Joseph's Donkey

Author: Anthony DeStefano

Illustrator: Juliana Kolesova

Publisher: Sophia Institute Press

Age Range: 8-12 years




Guest Reviewer
Christine, a life-long Catholic, is an elementary educator since 1974, and enjoys collecting and sharing children's books.  She teaches 2nd grade Faith Formation and SacPrep at her parish, and started a Prayer Shawl Ministry in her free time.


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