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Jo-Jo the Melon Donkey
     

Jo-Jo the Melon Donkey

by Michael Morpurgo, Tony Kerins (Illustrator)
 

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From a master storyteller, a romantic evocation of Venice brought to life through a timeless story of an evolving friendship

"Melons. Melons for sale!" Every day, Jo-Jo brays the same message and carries the heavy melons through the streets of Venice. Bullied by his master and plagued by flies, Jo-Jo is loved by nobody. But one day, somebody notices

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From a master storyteller, a romantic evocation of Venice brought to life through a timeless story of an evolving friendship

"Melons. Melons for sale!" Every day, Jo-Jo brays the same message and carries the heavy melons through the streets of Venice. Bullied by his master and plagued by flies, Jo-Jo is loved by nobody. But one day, somebody notices Jo-Jo—the famous Doge's daughter herself! And when danger looms, the Venetians need a hero to save them. This story about the evolving friendship between Jo-Jo and the friend who loves him despite his lowly position creates a feeling of warmth and hope.

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Children's Literature
When young readers meet Jo-Jo, they enter the world of a dreamer. By day, Jo-Jo the donkey carries heavy melons for sale on the footpaths of Venice that run by the canals. By night, away from the bothersome flies and his bullying master, Jo-Jo slumbers peacefully, dreaming of Venice, the city he loves. Rich Venetians mock Jo-Jo and refuse to buy his melons. This dreary existence changes when the daughter of the Doge notices Jo-Jo's "sad, kind eyes" and finds a way to liberate him. Of course, Jo-Jo becomes a hero first, by saving the people of Venice from a terrible flood. Children will find themselves in the middle of a wondrous city. The text and lovely illustrations transport readers to this magical place. It is easy to empathize with Jo-Jo and wish for his dreams to come true. There is more than a little magic in this exquisite short story, which is also a chapter book in the publisher's "Yellow Bananas" series. 2002 (orig. 1995), Crabtree Publishing Company, Pettenati
From the Publisher
"The writing style follows that of the literary fairy tale, being at once simple and elegant. The illustrations fit the story perfectly."  —School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780778709886
Publisher:
Crabtree Publishing Company
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Series:
Yellow Bananas Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
8 - 9 Years

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Meet the Author

Michael Morpurgo has written more than 40 books and won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, and the Children's Book Award, and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal four times. His books include An Elephant in the GardenKensuke's Kingdom, Private Peaceful, and War Horse. Helen Stephens is a children's author and illustrator. Her other picture books include Archie's Animal Friends, Blue Horse, Clara's Counting Tea Party, Fleabag, Glittery Garden, Shiny Seaside, and many others.

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