Ruby the Donkey - Mirabel Cecil
My brother & I got this book for Christmas when I was 4 years old. My cover actually looks different than the cover I found online - so it must be a second printing or something? In my book, the donkey has tears and the cover is quite gray and somber. I like this cover better, but it sort of gives away the ending.
Anyway - the story centers around a sad, aging donkey named Ruby. She isn't able to give rides during the summer like she used to and during the cold winter she is unable to grow a thick warm coat. Luckily she has friends to make her one! (GORGEOUS by the way!) And guess who gets chosen to be in the Nativity - Scarlett or Ruby?
The Donkey's Dream - Barbara Berger
So many gorgeous illustrations in this book! (It's also a book from my childhood - I was 9 when I got it.) The illustrations glow from the pages, and are full of symbolism (there is a whole page explaining in the back).
The donkey dreams he is carrying a city, a ship, a fountain, a rose, and a lady. The ending is rather predictable - but beautiful still!