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ISBN13: 9780763636814
ISBN10: 0763636819
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Publisher Comments:

From extraordinary novelist Sonya Hartnett comes a gently told fable of a lost soldier, heroic children, and a steadfast donkey.

One 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.

Synopsis:

"One morning in France during World War I, two young sisters stumble upon an astonishing find in the woods: a soldier who has walked away from battle longing to see his ailing younger brother. As the girls care for the soldier, he repays them by telling four tales about a 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." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

About the Author

Sonya Hartnett is the acclaimed author of THURSDAY'S CHILD, WHAT THE BIRDS SEE, STRIPES OF THE SIDESTEP WOLF, SURRENDER, and several other novels. She has won many awards, including the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award for THE SILVER DONKEY. Sonya Hartnett lives in Australia.

Don Powers is a fine artist who specializes in portraits and landscapes. THE SILVER DONKEY is his first book for children. He lives in Thomasville, Georgia.

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D.B. Pacini, May 8, 2009 (view all comments by D.B. Pacini)
TWINKLED AND GLIMMERED: Australian author Sonya Hartnett's writing is, as usual, remarkable. The art by Don Powers is fabulous. Like the tiny silver donkey in this parable I found that this book "twinkled and glimmered" in my hand. Not only for children, adults will love this book too.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780763636814
Publisher:
Candlewick
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - General
Illustrator:
Powers, Don
Author:
Powers, Don
Author:
Hartnett, Sonya
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20070911
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Children/juvenile
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1-COLOR
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.14x5.82x.69 in. .63 lbs.
Age Level:
10-13

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Product details 272 pages Candlewick Press (MA) - English 9780763636814 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "One morning in France during World War I, two young sisters stumble upon an astonishing find in the woods: a soldier who has walked away from battle longing to see his ailing younger brother. As the girls care for the soldier, he repays them by telling four tales about a 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." Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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