Saving Winslow – Sharon Creech

Saving WinslowFrom the publisher, “Louie doesn’t have the best luck when it comes to nurturing small creatures. So when his father brings home a sickly newborn mini donkey, he’s determined to save him. He names him Winslow. Taking care of him helps Louie feel closer to his brother, Gus, who is far, far away in the army.

Everyone worries that Winslow won’t survive, especially Louie’s quirky new friend, Nora, who has experienced loss of her own. But as Louie’s bond with Winslow grows, surprising and life-altering events prove that this fragile donkey is stronger than anyone could have imagined.

Written in the spirit of Creech favorites Moo and Love That Dog, this standout tale about love and friendship and letting go will tug at the heartstrings.”

This short book is a gentle read that is very appealing. Louie is so determined to ensure Winslow survives, he learns to feed him and to give him injections.  Nora is a bit stand-offish and hesitant to get attached to Winslow.  The reader can readily assume she recently lost a pet.  But when she does get attached to Winslow, she gives her heart wholly.  The author is such an expert that her writing exemplifies ‘less is more’. There is just enough description and just enough dialog and just enough plot arcs that the simple story is told eloquently.  It is a story about people, understanding, and doing what is best.  Highly recommend.

eGalley review                                                             Publication date 9.11.18

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