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Donkey's Tale
     

Donkey's Tale

by Joanne F. Oppenheim
 
In this merry fable, two foolish farmers go to market to sell their donkey. Along the way they take the advice of everyone they meet and discover what happens when they try to please everyone.

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In this merry fable, two foolish farmers go to market to sell their donkey. Along the way they take the advice of everyone they meet and discover what happens when they try to please everyone.

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School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- Two series titles for fledgling readers. Rabbit's Birthday Kite is a springtime present from Hedgehog. Rabbit's impatience to try it out immediately results in crashing the kite and himself into a tree. Rabbit learns how to fly the kite and the lesson that ``everything is easy once you learn how.'' Some readers may also wish to build their own kites, and Hedgehog gives pretty good instructions. Munsinger's pastel and muted watercolor illustrations are finely detailed with pencils and pen and ink. The drawings create a warm feeling that complements the friendship between the two appealing creatures. The Donkey's Tale is a retelling of a traditional fable that ends with the warning, ``When you try to please everyone, remember this rule: You'll end up pleasing no one and make yourself a fool.'' The use of rhyme, patterned conversational responses, and refrain (`` Clip-clop, clip-clop , they went on their way. Clip-clop, clip-clop , on that very hot day''), will encourage new readers. This funny, fast-paced story is enhanced by Demarest's delightful large watercolor-and-pen illustrations. The foolishness of the farmer and his son is obvious from the drawings alone; the wide-eyed facial expressions of all the characters--including the donkey--are great! Buy `em both. --Gale W. Sherman, Pocatello Public Library, ID

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553352085
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
05/01/1991
Series:
Bank Street Ready-To-Read Series
Pages:
32
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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