The Donkey and the Golden Light by John Speirs

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One auspicious starry night, a donkey is born in a stable in Bethlehem. Named after the small town, Bethlehem the donkey grows up to work for farmers, merchants and labourers, but struggles his whole life to remember why that starry night spent in the stable had been so important.

About John Speirs

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John Speirs has illustrated numerous children's books, including Abrams' "The Little Boy's Christmas Gift. His work has been exhibited with the England-based Royal Society of Portrait Painters and Fine Arts Society. Gill Speirs has written books on historic textiles as well as a number of children's books. The husband-and-wife team lives in Richmond, England.
Published February 1, 2004 by Harry N. Abrams. 32 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Each illustration of the donkey in a new place also depicts one of the main stories from the life of Jesus, often barely visible in the background, until the donkey carries Jesus into Jerusalem and finds the golden light again as his own life is ending when he sees Jesus outside the tomb.

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Though John Speirs's (The Little Boy's Christmas Gift ) luxurious, gilt-accented paintings are an art aficionado's dream, readers will probably puzzle over the tangled text, which posits a parallel between the life of Jesus and that of a donkey.

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