I remember this old story from when I was a 5-year old. I love the pictures in the book. They give a wonderful illustration of what is going on in the story very well. The donkey starts off as a beast of burden, but then is sold to a carpenter who treats him with love. In turn, the donkey is very helpful in transporting his family far away to Egypt when the King of Bethlehem orders all the male children 2 years of age and less to be done away with. If you love donkeys, buy this book.