Sometimes lives look a little bit like Swiss cheese. Louie's life has had a lot of holes in it. He has a ridiculously unsuccessful track record with taking care of small creatures but when his father brings home a tiny, newborn donkey, Louie is determined to keep it alive and raise it for his own. Louie himself started out life two months early and weighing only three pounds. He was a scrawny bit of a boy but he was strong enough to fight and keep growing day by day. Maybe, just maybe, this donkey is made of the same stuff.
One of the largest holes in Louie's life was made when his older brother, Gus, left to join the military. Gus was the brother who made life a grand adventure. He always had a plan for the day and Louie was always a part of it whether it was a chore or a trip to the creek.
Louie's parents don't buy the big book of goat care when they go to get a few supplies. They pick up the two page pamphlet instead and Louie sees that they don't have great expectations for the donkey, now known as Winslow. Will Louie be able to raise this small creature and gain a dear understanding friend in the process? Or will this be just another in the long parade of pet care failures? Is it really not safe to let yourself attach to a vulnerable creature for fear you will lose something so dear to your heart?
This is a lovely story filled with pangs of hope and a few walls put up against the deep pain and disappointments that life can bring you. There is friendship and determination and the happy power of time to carry you to better places where new lambs, calves and even chickens survive. A brilliant, touching visit to the place where some people fear to be hurt while others face life with the faith that good things and love always triumph.
176 pages 978-0062570703 Ages 8-12
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com
Perfect for fans of Charlotte’s Web and The One and Only Ivan, Saving Winslow is an uplifting modern classic in the making about a young boy who befriends an ailing newborn donkey and nurses him back to health, from New York Times bestseller and Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech.
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.--from the publisher