Today Im taking a break from young adult novels to introduce a very special picture bookEdmund Pickle Chin: A Donkey Rescue Story, co-authored by Clara Bowman-Jahn and Susan April Elwood. Im deviating slightly from my Thursday horse theme, too, as this picture book is about a donkey, not a horse. But Ive never met a horse-lover who doesnt also love donkeys! Not to mention, Im a sucker for animal rescue stories. Clara Bowman-Jahn is a talented author and former online critique group member of mine. Im so happy to help spread the word about her sweet and heartwarming book, which has been tested and approved by my very own children.
Summary: Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story is based on a true story. Edmund is an abused donkey who is the first of many animals to call Evermay Farm, a small rescue in central Georgia, home. Susan, Edmund’s care giver in the story, not only gives the shy donkey the time and patience he needs but gives him a new name every day of the week. The title takes on one of those nicknames she so lovingly calls him. As Susan starts to take in new critters, Edmund finds himself changing. As his name grows, so does his trust and acceptance. Edmund soon learns that he is not only needed but wanted. This confused, frightened donkey’s life changes as he becomes a hero, a babysitter, and a companion to the other residents at Evermay Farm.
Age Level: 5-12
Publisher: eTreasures Publishing, LLC (December 12, 2014)
About the Author: CLARA BOWMAN-JAHN worked as a registered nurse for thirty-two years, finally trading that job for her true love, writing. Clara’s short stories have been published in the anthology of the “Campaigner’s Challenges Book.” When Clara is not writing, she does volunteer work for a local elementary school and her church. She also likes taking long walks with her husband, blogging, and reading books. She is a member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and Round Hill Writer’s Group. She lives in rural Loudoun County, Virginia with her humorous husband, a senior dog and two cats. And she is the proud mother of two wonderful grown sons and one delightful grandson.
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