Mikis and the Donkey by Philip Hopman


Mikis and the Donkey by Philip Hopman

Another moving animal tale from the award-winning author of Soldier Bear One day, Mikis s grandfather has a surprise for him: a new donkey waiting! Mikis falls in love with the creature, but his grandparents tell him that the donkey is a working animal, not a pet. However, they still let Mikis choose her name -- Tsaki -- and allow the two of them to spend their Sundays together. Mikis and Tsaki soon become fast friends, and together the two have some grand adventures. Eventually, both Mikis and his grandfather learn a bit more about what exactly it means to care for another creature. Brought to life by drawings from Philip Hopman, Bibi Dumon Tak s gentle, humorous story is perfect for any readers who may have their own soft spot for animals.


Booklist This latest offering from the creators of the Batchelder winner Soldier Bear is a quiet story filled with endearing characters, believable situations, and a sense of the importance of caring for other creatures. Short chapters and frequent pencil drawings make the story accessible for beginning chapter-book readers. Kirkus Reviews This Dutch import offers a glimpse of a far-off land and a gentle lesson on caring for animals. . . . Those children who do connect with Dumon Tak's sweet, quiet tale are likely to find it will resonate deeply. The Horn Book

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Kiss the Book

Redeemed Reader (blog) A quiet and gentle story, told in a simple style, examining what it takes to care for one of God's creatures in a responsible manner.

About the Author

Bibi Dumon Tak is a Dutch author who has written several non-fiction titles for children, beginning with The Cow Book in 2001. In her books, Bibi blends literary technique with fact to produce stories that are both compelling and accurate. Soldier Bear is her first novel based on a historical event. Philip Hopman was born the youngest son of a tulip farmer. But he chose a career in children's books instead of tulips, and he has illustrated more than 150 books since 1988, including Earth to Stella (Clarion) and 22 Orphans (Kane/Miller).

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89 pages


Philip Hopman
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Publication date

25th November 2014



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