Donkey's Kite: A Horse Valley Adventure-Book 2

Donkey's Kite: A Horse Valley Adventure-Book 2

by Liana-Melissa Allen

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Overview

A MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS® Silver Winner!

A FIVE STARS READERS' FAVORITE®! "Donkey's Kite is a wonderful story that children will love just like I did. The beautiful message conveyed in Donkey's Kite will make children not only want to read the story, but it will become one of their favorites so that they will want to read it over and over again. Donkey's persistence and his ability to allow someone to assist him with his dilemma are paramount in resolving the hardship that he was experiencing. Children will learn and discover that there are times in life when help can sometimes come from unknown places, and that they must be open to it."

"Excellent fable...laced with humor, charm, and a bit of the Golden Rule. The second volume in a fresh horse fantasy series, tells the entertaining story of three horse brothers and their friend Donkey who are excitedly creating homemade kites for kite flying day at Horse Meadow Park. Cheery, expressive horse and donkey figures in color who learn more about being good friends together and looking out for each other." --Children's Bookwatch, MBR (Midwest Book Review):

Donkey's Kite: A Horse Valley Adventure (Book 2) by Liana-Melissa Allen is a children's picture book about perseverance, motivation and the willingness to be open to others. This book is full of beautiful illustrations and is part of the Horse Valley Adventure series. The three little horses, Lax, Jack, and Max, are brothers that decided to go out kite flying with their friend, Donkey. As the three brothers were diligently creating and designing their kites, Donkey immediately began to have problems. It appears that no one was aware of his problems, so they did not offer to help, nor did Donkey seek help from his friends. Donkey's kite was too flimsy and would not fly, but Donkey was persistent. Eventually, he met Gusty the goose, who helped Donkey to be able to fly his kite like his friends, Lax, Jack, and Max. --A Five Stars Readers' Favorite® Review

THE STORY:
In the enchanted land of Horse Valley, it is a perfect day to go kite flying! Horse brothers Jack, Max, Lax, and their friend Donkey decide to get creative by putting together their own homemade kites. However, Donkey's kite doesn't turn out very good. No matter how hard he tries to get it to fly, it just keeps tumbling to the ground. How will poor Donkey get his kite to fly? Well, a friendly goose named Gusty is delighted to help him out.

In this Horse Valley Adventure and a Mom's Choice Award® Silver Winner, Donkey learns not to give up when all seems hopeless. They all learn a lesson about helping others and true friendship.

**A MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS® Silver Medalist Winner honoring excellence...and a FIVE STARS READERS'FAVORITE®!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781505604610
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/09/2015
Pages: 40
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.10(d)

About the Author

A multiple MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS® Winner and FIVE STARS READERS' FAVORITE author/illustrator, Liana-Melissa Allen has written and illustrated eight popular books for children and youth. She is a cartoonist, writer, and pianist.

"I love to create characters that range from the whimsical to the anamorphic goofballs, to the awesomely abnormal humans. I write and illustrate children's books including a picture book series for ages 5 to 10 called 'A Horse Valley Adventure'. 'Max's Day at School' is my latest and third book of the series.

I also have a 'Horse Valley Toons' comic strip on my website that follows the comical adventures of my Horse Valley crew, Max, Jack, Lax, Donkey, and the young mischievous Twiddle and Dwiddle.

My home is in Southern California with a playful yellow lutino budgie named Peeps that is always willing to help me when I get stuck on a project. Visit my website at LMABOOKS.COM for more about my books and to download some of my Horse Valley characters for your young ones to color...and also enjoy my cartoons and some of my jazz and classical piano while there!"

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Donkey's Kite: A Horse Valley Adventure-Book 2 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite Donkey's Kite: A Horse Valley Adventure (Book 2) by Liana-Melissa Allen is a children’s picture book about perseverance, motivation and the willingness to be open to others. This book is full of beautiful illustrations and is part of the Horse Valley Adventure series. The three little horses, Lax, Jack and Max, are brothers that decided to go out kite flying with their friend, Donkey. As the three brothers were diligently creating and designing their kites, Donkey immediately began to have problems. It appears that no one was aware of his problems, so they did not offer to help, nor did Donkey seek help from his friends. Donkey’s kite was too flimsy and would not fly, but Donkey was persistent. Eventually, he met Gusty the goose, who helped Donkey to be able to fly his kite like his friends, Lax, Jack and Max. Donkey's Kite is a wonderful story that children will love just like I did. The beautiful message conveyed in Donkey's Kite will make children not only want to read the story, but it will become one of their favorites so that they will want to read it over and over again. Donkey's persistence and his ability to allow someone to assist him with his dilemma are paramount in resolving the hardship that he was experiencing. Children will learn and discover that there are times in life when help can sometimes come from unknown places, and that they must be open to it.
SherryF More than 1 year ago
The Big Bully Donkey found out what it was like when the shoe is on the other foot, but sometimes ‘the hero’ will surprise you…and the message is…keep your mind open and it’s all about teamwork.
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
A recipient of the Mom's Choice Awards! The Mom's Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for parents and educators and is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. Using a rigorous evaluation process, entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost. Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media trust the MCA Honoring Excellence seal when selecting quality products and services for families and children.
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
Book 2 was fun because the friends made kites and were ready to have a fun day. However Donkey soon learns what it means to be bullied. I am glad that the author reminded us to be bullies. I really like that this book promoted team work and getting along, I am giving this book a 4/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoyed the first book in this series so I knew I was in for more fun adventures with Max, Lax, and Jack, and their new friend, Donkey. The friends are excited. it’s a perfect day for kite flying and each has made their own, hoping theirs would be the one to fly the farthest. Poor Donkey’s kite won’t fly and he asks for help from his new friends. But, one each one is too busy to listen to him. Donkey wanders down to the lake, sad and frustrated. Some mean Canadian geese poke fun at him, putting him on the receiving end of bullying. Then, with a swoosh and a huge splash Gusty, the big white goose, crashes the bully party and shoos away the mean geese. He listens to Donkey, and together they build a new kite. It’s a good one and everything is fine, until it isn’t. This is another fun adventure in Horse Valley. I enjoyed visiting with the characters again and meeting some new ones. Children will learn the true value of friendship and not giving up. There were more wonderful illustrations that kept me lingering, looking for all the hidden gems secreted on each page. With such fun, colorful characters and lessons to be learned, children will delight in this new adventure and be begging for more. I received this book for my honest review.
BirdhouseBooks More than 1 year ago
CHARMING PICTURE BOOK ABOUT FRIENDSHIP AND HELPING OTHERS! Donkey's Kite is a cute children's book by Liana-Melissa Allen. It tells the story of the three horse brothers, Lax, Max, and Jack, and their good friend Donkey. The animals decide to build kites together. The horses are so busy building perfect kites that they don't have time to help Donkey, who is struggling. At the park, donkey meets a bully but also makes a great new friend - Gusty the goose. Gusty helps him learn to fly a kite, and teaches the animal friends an important lesson about helping each other and working together. This book has bright, colorful illustrations that children are sure to enjoy. The dialogue is lively and fast moving; it would be a fun read aloud for preschool children. I am so impressed with Liana-Melissa Allen's talent as both a writer and illustrator. I also love the important messages the Horse Valley Adventure books teach. I highly recommend this book for young children. They are sure to enjoy it!
lifeasleels More than 1 year ago
Donkey's Kite is the second book in the Horse Valley Adventure and just as cute as The Three Horses and the Big Bully Donkey. Lax, Max, and Jack haven't changed much since the first story which is a little unfortunate, but changes do not happen overnight. Donkey, however, has really changed and is now best friends with the three brothers. I felt Donkey had a bit of a self esteem issue thinking his kite wasn't good enough and that he isn't good at things. Unfortunately, he also got a taste of his own medicine when some geese starting bullying him. What I really liked it that Gutsy reminds me of the Ugly Duckling. She has been bullied before and knows what it feels like so she defends Donkey and helps him. In the end, the three horses, Donkey, and Gutsy all become friends and build a kite together so that no one is left out and that they all have a kite that is fabulous rather than each bragging about their own kite and making others feel bad. Again, I think this is a great book that children can take away a lesson from. I would say this is around the 3rd grade reading level, but would definitely recommend to parents and teachers to read to their kids. The kids will love the illustrations and the lessons are valuable!
Christy41970 More than 1 year ago
Donkey’s Kite is the second book in the Horse Valley Adventure Series. It is a very cute book about learning to work together.  When donkey has trouble making his kite, his friends chip in and help him make the best kite ever! The characters in this story are easy for children to relate to. Since they all have unique personalities, children will find themselves in one of the main characters. The illustrations in the book are ones that your children will find inspiration in, as they are done in a style that children can imitate. You’ll find something new each time you look at the illustrations, so look carefully!
jmgallen124 More than 1 year ago
In the second entry of author and illustrator Liana-Melissa Allen’s Horse Valley Adventure series, Donkey’s Kite, the horses brothers Jack, Max, and Lax, along with their friend Donkey, decide to make kites, although Donkey struggles in getting his to function properly, ultimately receiving help from a goose named Gusty. The first sequel uses an illustrative style similar to its predecessor, The Three Little Horses and the Big Bully Donkey, evidenced by its cover art, which depicts Donkey flying his kite as the equine siblings look on, the goose appearing to aid him by flapping her wings to create an artificial wind gust, the unidentified bluebird from the first book looking on too. The first illustration in the book, appearing after the copyright information, depicts Max, the light brown and blue-vested horse, reading a book out loud while his brothers and Donkey look on, their television in a wastebasket. The story itself commences on a cool day in March in Horse Valley, setting of the first book, when equines from the area plan to attend Meadow Park with homemade kites. The initial illustration within the narrative text shows Max, without his hat, looking out of his home through the top half of its entrance door, the abode itself near the woods, with small rabbits and birds in the image as well. The horses and Donkey proceed to assemble their kites, the next image showing them doing so, with Jack painting his, Lax eying his light blue kite, Max cutting string, and their asinine friend seeming to have trouble with his kite’s wooden crossbar. Whereas the horses gloat about their kites, Donkey laments his creation, their feelings evidenced by the subsequent artwork as they hold their kites. Then they head to Horse Meadow Park, the following piece showing them en route, Donkey’s nose tickled by the tail of Lax’s kite, Max looking hungry while holding their food-filled basket, and Jack looking confident with his pretty kite. The following illustration shows the horse brothers and Donkey, while Max seeks to satisfy his hunger, testing their kites, with Jack and Lax succeeding but Donkey’s crumpled yellow kite struggling, failing to get it to fly despite his strongest attempts. The next image shows Donkey’s continued lack of success while a rabbit runs away and the unidentified bluebird looks on from the air. As depicted in the following piece, Donkey tries to get his kite to fly from the height of a tree, again failing while the rabbit looks out from behind the tree and the bluebird looks on from the ground. Kicking the kite fails to get it to fly, as well, the subsequent illustration showing Donkey in the middle of his kick while the rabbit looks on from behind a nearby rock and the bluebird refusing to see his continued failure. He therefore seeks help from the horse siblings, but they’re too busy to assist him, indicated by the following artwork that shows Jack and Lax standing with their kites in hand, the former touching up his with paint and the latter bragging about his to another unnamed equine and a pink-ribboned mare, Max continuing to stuff himself while not at the moment flying his own kite. The next illustration shows Donkey sadly walking away from his equine friends while the bluebird follows, and ultimately encounters a charging goose in the next picture that seems irate to encounter him, a sign in the background indicating no trespassing and that the area is for geese only, the rabbit looking on from behind a nearby bush and the bluebird hovering above Donkey. The goose mocks Donkey, making him reflect upon his tenure as a bully in the previous book, the next picture showing the goose holding sticks upon his head in mock imitation of asinine ears, while other geese in the lake laugh as well, Donkey looking sad and the nameless bluebird seeming angry. Another goose interrupts her brethren’s mockery, indicated by the next illustration depicting her surfing above the lake water with the others fleeing the scene, the story introducing the new arrival as Gusty, who admonishes her fellow geese for mocking Donkey, a charge they deny. The following image depicts Donkey alongside the first unnamed monochrome goose, with Gusty politely conversing from the lake’s edge. Donkey explains his situation, with Gusty mentioning that she’s naturally adept at flying, the subsequent picture showing a still-sad Donkey conversing with Gusty while the unidentified monochrome goose angrily evacuates the scene. The goose notes that Donkey’s kite can fly with the right changes, an illustration showing Gusty examining it while Donkey and the bluebird look on, after which they proceed to reconstruct the kite, the process somewhat depicted in the next image where Gusty adjusts the wooden crossbar, Donkey holds a newspaper under his arm, and the bluebird reads another copy. Donkey rightly suggests that strong wind is necessary for his kite to fly, he and Gusty, who holds the rectified kite, seeming confident in its redesign, a sentiment the unidentified bluebird seems to share given its own happy appearance. Thus, as initially depicted by the cover art, Gusty flaps her wings to get Donkey’s kite to keep in the air, a plan that succeeds, the following piece showing the jubilant goose watching as her asinine friend gets his kite to fly for a change. However, a natural gust of wind comes, noted by the next art with Gusty, Donkey, and the bluebird looking fearful, Donkey losing control of his kite, its string having broken in the subsequent illustration, he and the bluebird pursuing it. Donkey does retrieve his kite, although he continues to lose control of it, crashing into Max in the next piece, which depicts Donkey crashing into his equine friend and losing his grip on the string while the horse spits a partly-eaten apple from his mouth. Consequentially, the crash breaks Max’s own kite, noted by the next piece where he’s piled atop Donkey, with Gusty arriving to analyze the scene, other horses arriving in the following art in which Max laments the ruination of his kite. The horses eventually acknowledge their ignorance of Donkey’s initial kite-flying plight, and Max accepts his apology, the subsequent illustration showing most of the main characters, named and unnamed appearing sad. They ultimately come up with the idea of creating a joint kite, the next piece depicting the horse siblings, Donkey, and Gusty constructing it, the nameless bluebird again reading the local newspaper. The story concludes with the new kite’s success, the final illustration in the main text depicting its paper surface to have the detail of Gusty, the horse brothers, and Donkey, with other horses flying their own kites while acknowledging the new one, Donkey having received the honor of testing it, the story ending satisfactorily on this high note. In the end, the first Horse Valley sequel is a good one sure to garner adoration from younger audiences, although the cover art somewhat reveals the plot detail of Donkey ultimately getting his kite to fly successfully despite the plot introduction mentioning his failure in doing so.
dedaDL More than 1 year ago
Donkey's Kite is a cute story. The story has many good meanings. The importance of being a friend - how a friend responses - being a bully and how to come to the aid of a bully.   At some point in our lives I think we have all felt like the Donkey - sad and disappointed needing a friend. Melissa did a excellent job expressing the emotions of the characters involved. Even the Goose when - I really do not think that he felt he was being a bully - when in fact he was.   I think what we say and how we say it often may be taken the wrong way. We mean no harm but the person we are talking to feels harm. Teaching children to think before they speak and only say something they themselves would want to hear is a valuable lesson to learn.   Melissa not only wrote this cute story she also illustrated the book.  She did a excellent job illustrating the story. All of the characters are unique and fit their personalities.   I was also given the opportunity to review her other short story - The Three Little Horses and the Big Bully Donkey. It to is a excellent child's book with wonderful meaning and great pictures.   I highly recommend both Donkey's Kite and The Three Little Horses and the Big Bully Donkey as books that would make a great addition to any child's library. 
LindaMarie07 More than 1 year ago
Jack, Max, Lax, and Donkey decide to make kites and fly them at the park. They all took the time to make their kites. Brothers Max, Lax, and Jack all thought their respective kites were the best. Whereas, poor Donkey, thought his kite lacked anything special. At the Horse Meadow Park, everyone was happy running around with their kites or eating away at the picnic. That is everyone except Donkey, who couldn’t get his kite to fly in the sky. Donkey asked his friends for help, but they were too busy. He then walked sadly away and came upon an area only for geese. Not realizing his mistake, Donkey was then bullied by a goose. For the first time in Donkey’s life, he now knew what it felt to be bullied. This made him feel sad and lonely. However, Gusty the goose came to Donkey’s rescue! Gusty defended and helped Donkey by fixing his kite. After a tumultuous run in with the brothers kites, they all realized that they should have helped their friend out. They all made one big and beautiful kite that made everyone happy. The author is teaching kids and reminding adults about the importance of friendship and not letting others feel left out. We are all in this game of life together. I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
KMH3030 More than 1 year ago
Donkey’s Kite is a cute story about friendship and helping others. Donkey and his horse friends are all making kites, but none of his friends takes notice of how much Donkey struggles with the task. All of his friends are having fun playing with the kites, but Donkey feels bad when his doesn’t work well. Eventually Donkey finds help elsewhere, as Gusty the Goose realizes he needs help, and together they make a working kite. The horse friends realize that they didn’t help their friend in need, and everyone learns the lesson that you should help your friend when they are struggling or are feeling bad. I thought the lesson in the story was cute and perfect for kids, and the story fun to read. The illustrations in the book are amazingly cute, they really bring the story to life! I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
ebomb143 More than 1 year ago
I thought "Donkey's Kite" was a good short story with an excellent meaning. It starts off with 3 brothers and donkey deciding to make kites and go fly them. They all make their own kites and all really proud of them except for donkey, he felt his was lacking unlike the others. The brothers fly their kite without problems, but donkey can't even get his in the air. Donkey actually needed help with his kite but nobody would take the time to help him. Donkey then runs into a goose that bullies him and makes him feel even worse about himself. Donkey was feeling pretty low until he came across Gusty. She helps him with his kite and boosts his morale. I liked that the story introduced bullying but also the importance of friendship and that true friend is one that helps another without a thought. I think this is a great book for ages 5 and up. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book series ( A Horse Valley Adventure) is for first grade and up but I read it to my 3 year old son to see how much he would understand. He really enjoyed the illustrations and understood more than I expected. As a parent, I loved the message it taught him about friends and friendship. I will say he had trouble keeping the brother horses apart since they are the same color but that is my only complaint, which is obviously minor. Great for kids of all ages! I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.