by Roger Duvoisin

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Donkey-donkey has a problem. Despite his many friends and his good master, he is sad because his ears are so long and ridiculous. If only Donkey-donkey could have short sensible ears like his friend Pat the horse, he would be content. So he seeks the advice of his fellow farm animals who suggest he wear his ears differently, more like theirs: floppy like the dog’s, to the side like the sheep’s, to the front like the pig’s. But each unnatural arrangement leads to increasing insult and injury. Finally a little girl passing by remarks on the beauty of the pretty little donkey’s ears! 

At last Donkey-donkey is happy. A classic tale of vanity and folly, and learning to accept oneself—protrudent ears, redundant name, and all.

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ISBN-13: 9781590179895
Publisher: New York Review Books
Publication date: 03/08/2016
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 56
File size: 18 MB
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Age Range: 2 - 5 Years

About the Author

Roger Duvoisin (1900–1980) was born to a French Swiss family in Geneva. He graduated from the École des Arts et Métiers and the École des Beaux-Arts in Geneva and early in his career worked as a mural and stage-set painter before settling on textile design. In the late 1920s, he immigrated to the United States, where he soon began writing and illustrating children’s books. The author of more than forty of his own books, Duvoisin also collaborated with many writers, including his wife, Louise Fatio Duvoisin, and Alvin Tresselt, with whom he won a Caldecott Award for White Snow, Bright Snow in 1948 and the Caldecott Honor Award for Hide and Seek Fog in 1966. Today he is best known for Petunia, the story of a not-so-silly silly goose.

The New York Review Children’s Collection will publish Duvoisin’s The House of Four Seasons and The Frog in the Well in the coming seasons.

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Donkey-donkey 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
sallyhenry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I was little my Grandparents read me this book and I still think it is good.
oapostrophe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Donkey is embarrassed by his ears and asks each animal in turn for advice. Each animal advises him to change his ears to be more like theirs. You can guess how it ends.... Wonderful illustrations by a master this is a great read-aloud for kids dealing with self-image.
Storywraps More than 1 year ago
I remember reading this book to my students when I was a librarian in elementary school many moons ago. The kids loved all of Roger Duvoisin's books and I couldn't keep them on the shelf. They had to reserve his books a week ahead of time to secure a copy come their library period. Donkey-Donkey is a tale about a little donkey who is unhappy with his ears. He decides his horse friend Pat is so much more beautiful with his small, cropped ears and that his ears look absolutely ridiculous in comparison. Ahhhh that is a huge mistake! He never, ever should have compared his looks to another. He becomes very sad and downhearted. He won't eat his beloved thistles that he thrives on and he sheds many tears. Feeling depressed he goes off to find his dog friend Hector and asks for his advice about what he should do. Hector tells him he should wear his ears down at the side of his face just like his. Donkey-Donkey has solved his problem... yes!! Why hadn't he thought of that? He is ecstatic! When his barnyard friends get a glimpse of him they laugh and mock him and call him silly. Poor dejected fellow! He hates his ears even more. He asks Fuzzy-fuzz lamb, who is always being complimented on being pretty, and Rosa, the mother pig, who is not very clever but will give him her honest opinion, what he should do. Every time he is persuaded by one of his friends to change his ear style terrible things happen to him and to others around him. This makes Donkey-Donkey feel even worse if that's possible. One day Daniel, a little sparrow flies into his life and gives him the perfect advice that sets his spirit and his ears free. He takes the little sparrow's words to heart and his whole life changes for the better. The positive change that takes place is confirmed by a little girl and her father who is passing by and spots Donkey-Donkey: "Oh! Daddy! See the pretty little donkey. His ears are so beautiful!" That's the icing on the cake for Donkey-Donkey!! Yes, life is good once again and he becomes the happiest of donkeys, long ears and all! The take away from the story? Know that you are one of a kind, unique, there's no one else on earth exactly like you. Go ahead and celebrate... celebrate the one and only... YOU!!