The Silver Donkey

The Silver Donkey

From extraordinary novelist Sonya Hartnett comes a gently told fable of a lost soldier, heroic children, and a steadfast donkey.



One morning in the woods of World War I France, two young sisters stumble upon an astonishing find — a soldier, temporarily blinded by war, who has walked away from battle longing to see his gravely ill younger brother. Soon the care of the soldier becomes the girls' preoccupation, but it's not just the secret they share that emboldens them to steal food and other comforting items for the man. They are fascinated by what he holds in his hand — a tiny silver donkey. As the girls and their brother devise a plan for the soldier's safe passage home, he repays them by telling four wondrous tales about the humble donkey — from the legend of Bethlehem to a myth of India, from a story of rescue in war to a tale of family close to the soldier's heart. Sonya Hartnett explores rich new territory in this inspiring tale of kindness, loyalty, and courage.

Title:The Silver Donkey
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780763629373
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    The Silver Donkey Reviews

  • The Shayne-Train

    This "war story" entertained and engaged both me and my little one with its straightforward approach to storytelling.Breakdown: two little girls find a soldier in the woods who has deserted from the w...

  • Chris

    simply magic!the language makes you want to read it out loud - poetry. I especially enjoyed the tail of the donkey on the mountain. and i found out later that it also includes a Christmas tale!...

  • QNPoohBear

    Marcelle and Coco, two French girls living in a coastal farming and fishing village during World War I have discovered a secret. They stumbled across a a new friend- Lieutenant Shepard. The girls thin...

  • Qt

    Apparently simple, but so beautifully done, with lovely and haunting writing. There are some sad scenes--some very sad--but I thought it was really a very moving book. Not everyone will agree with all...

  • Rebecca McNutt

    This imaginative book brings children into the history of WWI by introducing an unforgettable set of characters. Hartnett takes a bleak setting and fills it with friendship, loyalty and imagination....

  • Virginia Walter

    Sonya Hartnett just received the Astrid Lindgren prize, an award that carries a large cash prize along with the honor. I had never read anything by this Australian author so I put in some reserveds at...

  • Ruby

    I love this book. It’s a great and simple one to read between books or series, and I enjoy reading it in my spare time, as I have over the past few days. It’s a poignant and touching story, or rat...

  • Olivia

    I picked up a first edition, signed by the author, haven't read it yet but I love Sonya Hartnett and do think she is a seminal Australian writer, who will be remembered forever....

  • Rachel

    I picked up this book on a whim at a thrift store because the illustrations and setting caught my eye. What a little gem it turned out to be! It would make a wonderful read aloud. If one is aiming to ...

  • Sheetal

    "Will you be alright, Monsieur, here in the woods by yourself?The silver donkey belongs to the trustworthy and the brave....