About the book: Children will fall in love with Flash the Donkey as they learn the value of true friendship and what it means to be a good friend to others.
Hee-haw! A stray donkey with a penchant for inventions is taken in by a mismatched collection of barnyard friends. Flash the Donkey Makes New Friends is the heartwarming story of a not-so-ordinary donkey who needs a special place to belong. Flash is the inquisitive type who loves to invent things and solve problems, but his curiosity sometimes gets him into trouble! With the help of his new-found friends--Jed the Goat, Carson the Pig, and Ruby the Chicken--Flash manages to turn problems into adventures and learns valuable lessons along the way. Inspired by Rachel Anne Ridge's memoir Flash, named one of Publishers Weekly's Best Summer Books of 2015, kids will fall in love with this endearing donkey as they learn to appreciate the value of true friendship.
My thoughts: This cute story begins with a donkey who has a wagon and puts it to use by pulling it, riding on it, sleeping in it, and stashing all his "finds" in it. (This is sure to appeal to all the little boys out there who have a beloved wagon themselves.) Then through an accident, he meets three new friends who take him in and patch him up.
After patching Flash the Donkey up, they let him sleep in the spare bed. Each of the other beds has a name on it, but not the spare bed. On the story progresses with Flash joining in the other's activities. They soon find they are becoming friends.
This story has genuine kid appeal and provides opportunity to learn the Biblical admonition to spread seeds of kindness and be a friend. So while being a fun book to read or have read aloud, it is also a book replete with spiritually educational and edifying lessons.
Rachel Anne Ridge has done a fantastic job of writing this story in a way that is appealing to the child and creating the illustrations. There is a special charm to the characters, especially Flash. And then the little daisy that keeps popping up on the pages is a "find me" project for readers.
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of Flash the Donkey Makes New Friends to facilitate a review.