Sharon Creech, illus. Sarah Horne
One day, Louie’s father brings home a sad little orphaned baby donkey. Louie names the donkey Winslow and is keen to care for it, despite his poor track record in caring for animals. Caring for Winslow distracts Louie from worrying about his beloved brother Gus, a soldier far away from home.
The story follows the ups and downs of looking after Winslow and the increasing involvement of his friend Nora. The donkey thrives and grows but there are moves to get rid of him as his presence is deemed a public health hazard. Fortunately, Winslow proves his worth as a guard donkey, alerting neighbours to danger.
This is an engaging, beautifully written story about the risks involved in allowing yourself to love and care for another living creature. With echoes of Charlotte’s Web, this heartwarming tale from award winning novelist Sharon Creech would make a great book to read aloud at home or at school.
Talk about the story
Talk about the different characters, how they feel about the donkey and how their feelings change
Share favourite scenes from the story, what sticks in your mind?
What would you tell someone else about the book?
Does it remind you of any other stories you know? Share your thoughts.