Thursday, September 29, 2016

Flash the Donkey Makes New Friends by Rachel Anne Ridge

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Remember way back about a year and a half ago, I posted a review about Flash, a book about a homeless donkey adopted by Rachel and her family? I just looked, it was the last review I posted before Dad went in for his surgery, so April of 2015. I was and would still like to go reread that book and do some blog posts on it. It will be interesting to see how it affects me differently now. A lot has changed in the last 1.5 years.

Anyway, Rachel has come back with a children's book that she wrote and illustrated herself. Now to be a author or an artist is pretty amazing, but to be able to do both? Incredible. That gives an extra hats off to this book regardless what I think of any part of it. The pictures are great. A pig, chicken, goat, and of course, the donkey make up the characters of the book and they are illustrated so well. They captivated even my 19 month old who rarely sits still for a story longer than about two sentences. Of course, I had to keep my hand on the page pointing out things as I read, but still....

The story is of a donkey who has no home and wanders around the country with his wagon piled high with stuff. He has an accident and these three friends come to rescue him. He then helps them out and they adopt him into their group and name him Flash. My first thought on reading the story was of the Good Samaritan. They took him home and took care of him, but the rest doesn't apply really. The verse that Rachel used was Proverbs 11:30  "The seeds of good deeds become a tree of life; a wise person wins friends."

At the end of the book, she has a page where the child could write his friends' names on hay bales and also a section to write how you and your friends care for each other along with giving some ideas on how to make friends.  The story is cute. I love the goat, he reminds me a bit of Eeyore, but he comes around and is friendly as well.

This book is going to get stuck in my bottom dresser drawer as a gift option. I think it will make a lovely gift.

This book was given me by Tyndale House for the purpose of reading and writing a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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