NIKI'S LITTLE DONKEY by Coby Hol

NIKI'S LITTLE DONKEY

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Her father (``Baba'') says they won't be able to keep the donkey's new baby; when he's old enough, he must be sold. Still, Niki's grandmother suggests that Niki might earn the money to buy him. Niki gives up play to ``work like a grownup,'' finding odd jobs in the marketplace or at her uncle's cafÇ; fortunately, when she offers Baba the proceeds, he accepts. The simple story makes a good showcase for Greek island life, represented in Niki's tasks and the economic necessity that makes them valuable. Hol's torn-paper collages, creatively incorporating other materials like newsprint and fabric, capture the village scene in a subtle array of lovely, light hues nicely set off by a soft blue sky that, surprisingly, evokes the dazzled eye's response to the brighter colors. A warmhearted story with a felicitous translation and attractive format. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: April 1st, 1993
ISBN: 1-55858-183-9
Page count: 28pp
Publisher: NorthSouth
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 1993




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