The nativity with a twist: Getting to the heart of the Christmas message in a new and innovative way, The Donkey s First Christmas tells the story of the Nativity but from the viewpoint of a stubborn ass a donkey that is. Spending most of his days playing tricks on passersby (anything to get out of an honest day s work); this useless mule is having a blast. Today however, someone drops by the yard who is not so easily fooled... Cheeky antics: Children will delight to see the adorable (if a little cheeky) donkey overcome his stubbornness; and marvel at how such a seemingly useless mule can be quite so useful. Encouraging and uplifting: As they watch the donkey unwittingly use his talents to major avail, kids will be encouraged to see that what they have and who they are, can make a significant difference too.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Susanne Tillotson Schroder is 41, and married with 2 boys of 5 and 9. She has a 4 year course in pedagogy from Copenhagen, and an MA in Children's Illustration from Wrexham University. She has had 4 picture books for children published since 2003.
Her boys inspire much of what she writes for children:
"Having kids has given me a way to 'tap into' - or access something of how children think:
Imagining one or the other of them listening as I write it, helps me stay focused on what is relatable and - ultimately - exciting to the child!"
Memories of her grandmothers made-up poems like 'how the forget-me-not got his name' have influenced her recent Christmas books - as have the old Christmas legends like 'how the robin got his red breast'.