Synopses & Reviews
The donkey (Equus asinus) is both ancient and mysterious and is called by many names: donkey, burro, wild jack, hinny, and ass. Donkeys and their relative the mule (a donkey/horse cross) have lived with man for thousands of years. References to mules date back at least 3,000 years. In the Bible, Genesis 36:24 refers to the "mules in the wilderness." In Homer's Odyssey a mule cart transports Princess Nausicaa to the seashore. Mohammed rode upon a mule into battle. Jesus' family on a donkey during the flight into Egypt was a favorite subject of Renaissance painters. By the time of Don Quixote, the mule was one of the most beloved animals in all of European literature. In Cervantes, the mule is both stubborn and faithful, loving and intelligent. Today, the humble and adorable donkey is becoming a popular companion animal. In the Western states, one can see donkeys grazing peacefully alongside horses on private land. Miniature donkeys are especially popular. There is also a growing awareness of donkey abuse and neglect, and donkey rescue societies have sprung up to offer aid. Along with wild horses, wild burros are part of America's heritage. Michael Tobias and Jane Morrison shelter sixty wild burros at their California sanctuary. Illustrated throughout with photographs and artworks, this unique treasury of donkeyana is for anyone who loves donkeys. Complete with history, lore, and inspirational stories celebrating the spiritual bond between humans and donkeys, Donkey expresses the joy that these saintly creatures with big, furry ears bring to our lives.
Complete with history, lore, and inspirational stories, Donkey expresses the joy that these saintly creatures with big, furry ears bring to our lives.
About the Author
Michael Tobias is an author, ecologist, animal rights advocate, and filmmaker. He is a frequent contributor to Forbes magazine and his books include The Adventures of Mr. Marigold, Voice of the Planet, and World War III: Population and the Biosphere at the End of the Millennium. Jane Morrison is a filmmaker and coauthor, with Michael Tobias, of God’s Country: The New Zealand Factor and Sanctuary. She is also a coauthor of No Vacancy: Global Responses to the Human Population Explosion and a coeditor of A Parliament of Souls: In Search of Global Spirituality.