Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech

Reviewed by Jane Oliver-Purton (Library Staff)

When a newborn mini donkey is born to a mother who is too sick to care for him, Louie takes on the challenge of raising him. Louie and his parents greatly feel the absence of Gus, Louie’s soldier brother, who is serving in the military, and who has lately started signing his letters “Remember Me.” Winslow, the little donkey, needs constant attention to survive, and Louie, in spite of everyone’s misgivings, gamely carries on. The person who is least interested in Louie and his new charge is Nora, a new neighbor who has recently lost both her premature baby brother and her dog to death. While Nora is determined to ignore Louie and Winslow, Louie throws himself wholeheartedly into Winslow’s care, and bit by bit we see changes happening to Nora. You may tear up a bit now and then, but Saving Winslow is a small story with a big punch.

Ages 7-12

Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC CREECH)

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