The Angel and the Donkey by Katherine Paterson

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In this story from the Hebrew Bible, a stubborn donkey delivers an important message from the angel and helps her master, a powerful curse-layer, save the Israelites from the King of Moab.

About Katherine Paterson

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Katherine Paterson was born in Qing Jiang, Jiangsu, China in 1932. She attended King College in Bristol, Tennessee and then graduate school in Virginia where she studied Bible and Christian education. Before going to graduate school, she was a teacher for one year and after graduate school, she moved to Japan to be a missionary. Her first book, Sign of the Chrysanthemum was published in 1991. Other titles to follow included The Bridge to Terabithia and Jacod Have I Loved which both won her a Newbery Award, The Great Gilly Hopkins, Lyddie and The Master Puppeteer. In addition to the Newbery Award, she is the recipient of numerous others including the Scott O'Dell Award, the National Book Award for Children's Literature, the American Book Award, the American Library Association's Best Books for Young Adults Award and the New York Times Outstanding Books of the Year Award. She was also honored with the Hans Christian Anderson Award. Alexander Koshkin has illustrated several books for Clarion. He lives in Moscow, Russia.
Published March 1, 1996 by Houghton Mifflin Company. 40 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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The story of Balaam's ass is a comic item found in the Old Testament, here invested with great solemnity and dread.

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In her informative afterword to this sprightly retelling of a story from the Book of Numbers, two-time Newbery Medalist Paterson explains that the tale is notable in that it is one of two in the Bible that concerns a talking animal;

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