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My Silver Donkey By Sonya Hartnett

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Author:  Sonya Hartnett

The Silver Donkey By Sonya Hartnett


During the First World War, sisters Marcelle and Coco, two French children, find a young English soldier in the woods. Lieutenant Shepard is temporarily blind and has walked away from a war he found too terrible to bear. The sisters hide, feed and support him. He longs to cross the Channel and return home to his dying younger brother, John, but Marcelle, the older of the two girls realises that such an escapade is beyond the girls’ ability to organise and execute. Their thirteen-year-old brother Pascal is invited to join in the secret, and he hatches a plan to return the soldier to England. During the few days that they hide the soldier, Lieutenant Shepard tells them four stories, each about a donkey. His good luck charm, given to him by his brother to keep him safe, is a charming silver donkey, and this object inspires the beautiful and poetic stories: the Bethlehem story, Simpson and his donkey, a parable set in India, and the story of the silver donkey’s origin in his life. 

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Sep 06,2017

The Sliver Donkey

By Sonya Hartnett

I really liked this book. The book was about a solider who went to war and left his family. He then became blind form the sights of war. He got a letter form his mum that said his little brother John was very ill. The solider has a special charm that reminds him of his brother. A special part of the book was all the stories that the solider told- these were the Nativiity story, the story of Simpson and the donkey, and another story about how a donkey brough rain.

 Overall I liked this book a ot. recommend this book for 10 - 12 years.


Marian Catholic School, Townsville.

Sep 06,2017
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The Silver Donkey

By Sonya Hartnett

This book reminds me of the wars and Simpson when he went  to the war because of the charm (the silver donkey) which is supposed to remind him of his brother john because he is very ill. I recommend this book to people between the ages of 8 to 11. What I mostly enjoyed about the book was the stories inside the stories. I did not see the ending coming which I thought was very interesting so i think anyone who reads the book will feel good inside like I did.


Oliver, Marian

Sep 06,2017

The Silver Donkey 

By Sonya Hartnett

This Book relates to me because I have a good luck charm like the donkey that the soldier keeps to remind him of his brother (John).The blind soldier has left war to go back home to England because his brother is very ill.Coco and Marcelle find the soldier in the woods and help him.

There are three stories within 'The Silver Donkey'.

1.Simpson and his Donkey

2.Jesus' birth story

3.Monsoon story of the Donkey

I rate this book 4/5 because it is very interesting,I would recomend this book to ages 9 to 12.

By Madison

Marian Catholic School

Aug 14,2017

I read this book quite a few years ago and the story stayed with me for quite some time.  I read it again this year and enjoyed it all over again! The intertwining stories, the setting, the complicated soldier and the donkey were all so unique.  Even the children's names were something new to me.  Central to the story is the lowly donkey, who most look at as an animal not worth thinking about.  However, within this book we learn they are noble, they are strong, they are dependable - many traits that we as humans would love to have. 

I loved the book and would recommend it to children (10+) and adults alike.


Mrs Whalley


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