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Quick Summary of Donkey's Kite by Liana-Melissa Allen. The three horses Jack, Max, Lax and their friend Donkey are back! In Horse Valley, it's a perfect day to go kite flying. Jack, Max, Lax, and Donkey decide to get creative by putting together their own homemade kites. However, Donkey's kite doesn't work. No matter how hard he tries to get it to fly, it just keeps tumbling to the ground. How will poor Donkey get his kite to fly? A friendly goose named Gusty is delighted to help him out. In this Horse Valley Adventure, Donkey learns not to give up when all seems hopeless. The friends all learn a lesson about helping others and true friendship.
Allen creates a wonderful children's story--with a valuable message. Although the book has a picture book appearance--it holds a lot of words on each page for slightly older readers and parents to enjoy. Allen creates a dilemma around a family-friendly, familiar activity: kite flying--and allows her loveable characters to learn and grow with the story's lesson. It's a fun way to remind children to push through difficulties, to ask for help--and to help others in need as well.
Allen's illustrations highlight the story on every page. Kids will love the characters' expressions--and the descriptive scenes of this story. Allen uses her talents well to pack a lot of detail--and inspire a lot of discussion--into a small book.
Would I recommend Donkey's Kite by Liana-Melissa Allen. This book holds a lot of little reminders and opportunities for family discussions about helping others, feeling left out, empathy, and staying motivated to push through when the going gets tough. While children will enjoy the story on their own--I think it offers so much more potential as a classroom or family, read-aloud-and-discuss story. I would certainly recommend this book for reading with elementary students.
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About the Author
The magical world of fantasy has inspired Liana's imagination since as long as she can remember. Part of this was fueled by her dad reading aloud to her every day when she was younger. As a result, reading is her primary passion along with music. These two passions feed her imagination into stories and drawings, which she joyously sketches out into storyboards for a potential book.
Liana-Melissa is also a dedicated classical/jazz pianist, and mostly enjoys older music, especially from the big band era and the 1940's, 50's and 60's. While playing the piano, her imagination often leads to a great amount of improvising. Frequently, Liana will improvise a theme for one of the stories she is writing. Capturing this improvised music became a priority, which ultimately resulted in theme music for "A Horse Valley Adventure". The "Horse Valley" theme will be used for a short animated video featuring her Horse Valley characters.
Liana-Melissa loves to hear from her young readers. Please visit her website at www.lmabooks.com for more information, and to contact her by email. Visit her on Facebook too.
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