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The Little Donkey

Illustrated by Bernadette Watts

In this timelessly beautiful story, a little donkey sets out on the long journey to Bethlehem.

Along the way he is sneered at by a camel and laughed at by the other animals. Feeling worthless, he begins to stumble and lose heart until a great light guides him to his destination. There he is rewarded for his courage and faith, and learns that the new king loves all creatures.

Gerda Marie Scheidl’s gentle retelling and Bernadette’s evocative illustrations bring the message of Christmas to life.

Gerda Marie Scheidl (1913–2005) was born in Bremerhaven-Geestemünde in the north of Germany. Scheidl studied dance at the Hellerau-Laxenburg School on the outskirts of Vienna, then trained as an actor and became a member of the Stadttheater Bremerhaven. Afterward she had a three-year stint with the Dortmund opera before returning to her studies, reading philosophy and art history. Scheidl wrote both books and plays for children. Later she also worked for radio and television and was in charge of a private children’s theater.

Bernadette Watts, known throughout Europe simply as Bernadette, has illustrated many dozens of folk- and fairy tales. Born in England, she loved to draw from childhood. She studied at the Maidstone Art School in Kent, UK, for a time under the tutelage of Brian Wildsmith. Bernadette’s many beautiful books include The Snow Queen and The Bremen Town Musicians. Bernadette finds her inspiration in nature. Today she lives and works in Kent. She has been illustrating for NorthSouth Books and NordSüd Verlag since the beginning of her career fifty years ago.

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