Achilles the donkey struggles to live up to his name -- but it is hard to run well when his heart is a little broken about being sold to a mean old fruit peddler and his stomach is always empty with only one feeding and one small drink of water a ay. Popo, a pelican, strikes up an acquaintance and comes to his aid. Solid food and good advice come hot from the bird's bill and at last the break is made. Achilles runs and runs -- finding a new home with a farm family who offer love and food. The pictures are wash drawings, full of color and stylized without losing either the shape or the characters of the animals portrayed. The artist has caught Achilles -- sturdy body on fragile legs with speaking eyes (and ears).