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Donkey-Donkey Hardcover – April 10, 2007


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About the Author

Roger Duvoisin (1900-1980) wrote and illustrated 40 books, including those featuring Veronica, the conspicuous hippopotamus, and Petunia, the silly goose. He also illustrated more than 100 written by other authors including the Happy Lion books by his wife Louise Fatio. He received a Caldecott Medal and a Caldecott Honor and was considered one of the most distinguished illustrators of the 20th century.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (April 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375840656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375840654
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,027,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Austen Fan on September 15, 2007
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I had a very old, very worn, very loved copy of this book and just recently replaced it with this hard cover copy. The book is just as a remember it as a child. The art work is done in beautiful, soft watercolors. The story is about a donkey who is sad because he compares his ears to all the other animals ears in the barnyard. He takes advice from each of them on how to improve his appearance, much to his dismay. The story has a happy ending and is wonderful for teaching children to appreciate themselves and others just as they are.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Bartels on July 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My husband had this book when he was a child. His mother put it away and saved it for him and now we read it to our girls. The kids love it and as a parent, it is one of my absolute favorites. There are so many children's books I dread reading over and over and over but I really never get tired of this one. The writing and illustrations are charming and it teaches an important lesson. I highly recommend it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Roger Duvoisin's DONKEY DONKEY tells of a donkey who has the strangest ears on the farm - long, and sticking up straight. He wants a new look - but nobody can agree on how Donkey-donkey's ears should look best. Each farm animal has a different idea! This book first appeared in 1933 and is only the second written and illustrated by Caldecott medalist winner Duvoisin. It went out of print in the late 1970s, so it's an excellent acquisition libraries need to replace a well worn shelf classic.
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Format: Hardcover
The first printing of this book goes back almost a hundred years, and used copies of various printings, right up to the most recent one in 2007, sell from $60.00 to $100 or more. So this book is treasured by many. I wish the publisher would reprint it and/or Kindle would publish it as an ebook. It is one of those children's books that crosses the boundaries of generations and cultures.

The illustrations are simple but convey cheer and life. The artist-writer, Roger Duvoisin, won the Caldecott medal for his art work in 1948 for his book, "White Snow, Bright Snow."

In this book we see that Donkey has many farmyard friends, and his master "is the kindest man in the village." But Donkey is not happy because his ears looked just too long and ugly. So the story is about how he tries to solve that problem. He wears his ears in many positions, and all bring trouble. And then he discovers the very best position for them and is happy from then on. Can you guess what that position is? The answer will bring smiles to young readers and a good lesson too.
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By 5blondecats on September 28, 2010
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Donkey Donkey is a great book that teaches us that we are beautiful just the way we are. Donkey Donkey does not feel like his long ears are beautiful and goes around the farm and all the animals have their own version of how ears should be worn. We read this book every night. Colorful illustrations and my 2.5 yr old knows by heart!
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