When someone mentions adopting a pet, images of cuddly kittens and huggable hounds may fill your mind. The same was probably true for Rachel Ann Ridge, before she found a stray donkey standing at the end of her driveway. Now a year after introducing adults to Flash, Rachel Anne Ridge shares a fictional tale with our children featuring her adopted donkey.
Friendship is the overarching theme of this story and the book is anchored by the key verse:
The seeds of good deeds become a tree of life; a wise person wins friends. Proverbs 11:30.
In the beginning we meet a homeless donkey who possesses an old blue wagon and a knack for collecting treasures. After a tumble and crash landing, the donkey meets 3 good Samaritans and a string of silly antics ensue. It’s not long before the donkey is able to return the kindness of Jed the Goat, Carson the Pig, and Ruby the Chicken — saving the day. Together they celebrate their success and their new found friendship.
Kids may be interested to know the author is also the illustrator of this book! Rachel strikes a nice balance between simple scenes and more complex, two-page spreads. I also found her choice of big, bold text to be easy on the eyes and inviting to young readers. As far as characters go, Flash was our favorite, but my daughter and I hope to see more of the earring wearing chicken named Ruby in future books.
I received this book free of charge from the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.
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