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The Silver Donkey Will you be alright, Monsieur, here in the woods by yourself The silver donkey belongs to the trustworthy and the brave. This imaginative book brings children into the history of WWI by introducing an unforgettable set of characters Hartnett takes a bleak setting and fills it with friendship, loyalty and imagination. Marcelle and Coco, two French girls living in a coastal farming and fishing village during World War I have discovered a secret They stumbled across a a new friend Lieutenant Shepard The girls think Lieutenant is a funny name, but they are delighted with their new friend s tiny silver donkey charm and in exchange for stories, they help him to find his way home to his ill brother Through Lieutenant Shepard s stories, the children learn about loyalty, humility, courage, and the importance of Marcelle and Coco, two French girls living in a coastal farming and fishing village during World War I have discovered a secret They stumbled across a a new friend Lieutenant Shepard The girls think Lieutenant is a funny name, but they are delighted with their new friend s tiny silver donkey charm and in exchange for stories, they help him to find his way home to his ill brother Through Lieutenant Shepard s stories, the children learn about loyalty, humility, courage, and the importance of family Can they find a way to help their new friend find his way across the English channel This book is slow I think my nieces would declare it boring They would be turned off by the preachy, moral fables and the depiction of wartime violence Lieutenant Shepard destered the British Army That s treason and if they find out when they find out he could be executed Since he is blind, he must rely on two silly young girls about the ages of my nieces While I felt sorry for the soldier and wanted him to see his brother one last time, I wonder what good that will do He d have to go on the run again The plot moves slowly over the course of a few days In between the exciting will he make it adventure plot, the soldier tells stories fables and moral tales to the children The first story is from the Bible, stripped of religious elements The focus is now on the donkey It would be a sweet story if it wasn t so familiar It seemed odd to hear the story without the divine and the shepherds and everything I like it better this way, being a huge animal lover My heart broke at the end of the story The second story must take place in India During a drought the people and animals try to force the sky to bring rain Only one creature figures out what to do.The next story is a war story with all the horrors that accompany it The end was shocking and I didn t expect it I thought it was the soldier s true story The true story is about his brother who is ill and not expected to live very long This is a sad story This book reads like a classic from the 1950s the ones I used to read growing up that were not my favorites but kept me occupied Apparently simple, but so beautifully done, with lovely and haunting writing There are some sad scenes some very sad but I thought it was really a very moving book Not everyone will agree with all the points, I think, but it was very touching and well done. I love this book It s a great and simple one to read between books or series, and I enjoy reading it in my spare time, as I have over the past few days It s a poignant and touching story, or rather, story of stories, that still warms my heart despite having read it twice before I highly recommend this to people of all ages it might be easy enough for a child to read, but the message behind it is one everyone should explore. Sonya Hartnett just received the Astrid Lindgren prize, an award that carries a large cash prize along with the honor I had never read anything by this Australian author so I put in some reserveds at LAPL This was the first book to come through It is nearly an allegory, a story about an English soldier who has been blinded not by a physical wound but by the trauma of the sights he has seen in the trenches and on no man s land He has deserted the battlefield and is trying to get across the En Sonya Hartnett just received the Astrid Lindgren prize, an award that carries a large cash prize along with the honor I had never read anything by this Australian author so I put in some reserveds at LAPL This was the first book to come through It is nearly an allegory, a story about an English soldier who has been blinded not by a physical wound but by the trauma of the sights he has seen in the trenches and on no man s land He has deserted the battlefield and is trying to get across the English Channel to his home Three French children find him, feed him, listen to the stories he tells about brave and loyal donkeys, and enlist an older friend to take him home A contemplative story that is profoundly anti war I picked up a first edition, signed by the author, haven t read it yet but I love Sonya Hartnett and do think she is a seminal Australian writer, who will be remembered forever. I picked up this book on a whim at a thrift store because the illustrations and setting caught my eye What a little gem it turned out to be It would make a wonderful read aloud If one is aiming to slowly introduce young children to WWI WWII without overwhelming them, this could have a place in that aim.I found the three siblings realistic, relatable, and endearing. simply magic the language makes you want to read it out loud poetry I especially enjoyed the tail of the donkey on the mountain and i found out later that it also includes a Christmas tale From extraordinary novelist Sonya Hartnett comes a gently told fable of a lost soldier, heroic children, and a steadfast donkeyOne morning in the woods of World War I France, two young sisters stumble upon an astonishing find a soldier, temporarily blinded by war, who has walked away from battle longing to see his gravely ill younger brother Soon the care of the soldier becomes the girls preoccupation, but it s not just the secret they share that emboldens them to steal food and other comforting items for the man They are fascinated by what he holds in his hand a tiny silver donkey As the girls and their brother devise a plan for the soldier s safe passage home, he repays them by telling four wondrous tales about the humble donkey from the legend of Bethlehem to a myth of India, from a story of rescue in war to a tale of family close to the soldier s heart Sonya Hartnett explores rich new territory in this inspiring tale of kindness, loyalty, and courage

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