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LITTLE DONKEY AND THE BIRTHDAY PRESENT by Rindert Kromhout

LITTLE DONKEY AND THE BIRTHDAY PRESENT

By Rindert Kromhout (Author) , Annemarie van Haeringen (Illustrator) , Marianne Martens (Translator)

Age Range: 3 - 7

Pub Date: March 1st, 2007
ISBN: 0-7358-2132-1
Publisher: NorthSouth

Little Donkey returns for a second outing in which the topic is the universal problem toddlers have with sharing. Jackie Yak is having a birthday. Little Donkey and his very patient mama go to buy the perfect present. Little Donkey opts for a beautiful new kite. Before too long, he decides he would rather keep the kite and instead give his old teddy bear to Jackie. Although Mama says “no,” Little Donkey must, of course, keep trying to get his way. He hides the kite and tries to substitute flowers, but finally—reluctantly—gives the present to his friend. Charming ink-and-watercolor illustrations add tremendously to the humor. Mrs. Donkey not only has a mother’s gentle understanding, but shows rather impressive cleavage in the amusing clothing in which van Haeringen dresses the characters. Her naïve and somewhat messy paintings are vastly appealing. This amusing, realistic and non-didactic treatment of a common experience is sure to please both toddlers and their parents. (Picture book. 3-7)