An Animal Parable Bible Story – Palm Sunday

Ask the animals and they will teach you — Job 12:7 NLT


“I am the the Lord, who heals you.” — Exodus 15:26 NIV



Based on the Palm Sunday story, Hanna’s Parade is about the donkey that carried Jesus into Jerusalem. You can read the real Palm Sunday story in your Bible at Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-40, and John 12:12-15. After you read Hanna’s Parade, visit the Animal Parable Bible Lesson for a kids devotion on faith and healing that is based on this children’s story.

Hanna’s Parade 

By Harrison Woodard


Once there was a young donkey named Hanna. She lived with a merchant named Boaz. Each day, He would load merchandise on his donkeys and travel to Jerusalem. There, he would sell them in the marketplace.

Hanna was unable to go. She could only walk a short distance before she would get tired and have to stop. If anything were placed on her back, she would collapse under the weight. Hanna was so sad. She wanted to work like the other donkeys.

Boaz loved Hanna. He brought in wise men from all over the country to examine her. They poked and prodded, but nobody could cure her.

“We don’t know what the problem is,” said one of the wise men. “She may never be able to work.”

Boaz was very sad. He didn’t know what to do.

“Don’t worry Hanna,” said Boaz. “God created you for a reason.”

Each day, Hanna watched Boaz leave for Jerusalem. She had to stay in the stable. After the servants fed her, she would be alone for the rest of the day.

Hanna prayed, “Dear God, I want to be healthy and go to Jerusalem.”

She sat down in the warm hay and fell asleep, dreaming of traveling to Jerusalem.

The next day, Boaz had an idea. His servants took Hanna to the front of the house. There, she could watch the people pass on their way to Jerusalem.

“I think you will be happier here,” said Boaz as he rubbed Hanna’s neck.

Hanna watched her master leave for Jerusalem. This was a nice change, but she really wanted to join them. Hanna imagined what it would be like in the city.

It must be wonderful, she thought.

Around noon, two men came and untied Hanna. One of the servants questioned the men.

“Why are you untying my master’s donkey?”

“The Lord needs it and will send it back shortly,” said the men.

Startled by their explanation, the servant let them take Hanna.

Hanna wondered where she was going. She was getting very tired, but did not want to stop.

They took her to a man named Jesus.

He leaned down and whispered to Hanna, “Do not be afraid. God’s power is strongest in those that are weak.”

Hanna heard the words, but didn’t know exactly what they meant.

The men with Jesus placed their cloaks on Hanna. Her legs began to shake and she thought she might fall down. Then, Jesus sat on her back. She had never had anyone ride her before. He was so heavy, how could she carry him?

“Let’s go to Jerusalem,” said Jesus as he patted Hanna’s neck.

Hanna took a step and then, another one. With each step, she felt stronger. Soon, she was trotting confidently towards Jerusalem.

“I’m going to Jerusalem!” she shouted.

As they approached the city, many people lay down cloaks and palm branches in their path. They also shouted praises.

“Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord – the King of Israel!”

Others shouted, “Hosanna! Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in Heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!”

Still others added, “Long live the King!”

The streets were lined on each side with people praising Jesus. And there in the middle of it all was Hanna. She was leading the parade through the middle of the city straight for the marketplace.

Boaz noticed all the excitement.

“What’s going on?” he asked one of the people heading towards the parade.

“Don’t you know?” asked the man. “Jesus is coming!”

Boaz had heard about Jesus and wanted to see him. He left one of his servants to watch the merchandise and ran towards the crowd.

The crowd was huge and Boaz was a small man. He fought his way through the crowd until he was in front of the Temple.

Jesus climbed off Hanna and walked towards Boaz. He looked directly at him.

“Her faith has healed her,” said Jesus.

“Thank you Lord,” said Boaz.

Boaz ran to Hanna and threw his arms around her. He was so happy.

That evening, Hanna carried the largest load back home. She told the other donkeys all that had happened. They all praised God for her healing.




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