Dumon Tak, Bibi Mikis and the Donkey, illustrated by Phillip Hopman and translated from Dutch by Laura Watkison, 93 pgs. Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2014. $13.00. Language: G; Violence: PG; Mature Content: G.
Mikis is excited when his grandfather buys a donkey to help with his work. He even lets Mikis name her. Soon, Mikis is afraid his grandfather is working the donkey too hard and not taking care of her properly. Mikis wants to have a donkey farm when he grows up and he shows his grandfather how to load Tsaki with just enough wood, and how to tie the baskets on so she doesn’t hurt. But when it comes time to build the donkey a new stall . . .
This well illustrated novella is a gentle story of best friends. There is one point where the grandfather gets very angry with Mikis, and pulls his ear rather aggressively, but otherwise the children are nice, the adults are kind and the animals are sweet.
EL -- ADVISABLE Lisa Librarian