Silver Donkey, The by Sonya Hartnett (year 5 group pack, 7 books)

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This is an inspirational illustrated novel for younger readers from one of Australia's foremost children's writers and recipient of the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Award. .One morning in the woods of France, a blinded soldier is found by two sisters, Coco and Marcelle. In return for their kindness, the soldier tells the sisters marvellous tales, connected with the keepsake he carries in his pocket: a tiny silver donkey. As the days pass and they struggle to help the soldier reach home, the sisters learn the truth behind the silver donkey and what the precious object means: honesty, loyalty and courage.

  • Free discussion notes available on this website.
  • beautifully written, reflective story
  • black and white illustrations
  • 224 pages
  • needs sustained reading between sessions


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Sonya Hartnett interviewed by Graham Marks

Sonya Hartnett was born in Melbourne, the second of six children. Her first book,'Trouble All the Way', was written when she was just thirteen and published two years later. Since then she has gone on to write numerous successful novels, including 'Thursday's Child' The Silver Donkey' and 'The Ghost's Child', and has won many awards including the 2002 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the prestigious Age Book of the Year in Australia and the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2008. Sonya lives in Australia. In this interview she talks to Graham Marks about her latest book.

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