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This is a touching and imaginative tale about two little French girls who discover an English soldier in the woods near their home during World War I. Shell-shocked and blind, the soldier is determined to make his way home to care for a sick brother, and the girls do their best to help him. In return, he tells them tales both true and imagined, spun from the little silver donkey he carries in his pocket. Performer Richard Aspel's narration strikes just the right notes of both sadness and whimsy, while his voices for the little French girls are amusing. An award-winning young adult tale that speaks to both the horrors of war and the powers of friendship.

Publisher's Summary

One bright spring morning in the woods of France, a soldier, blinded by the war, is found by a little girl named Coco, and her older sister Marcelle. In return for their kindness, the soldier tells the sisters marvelous tales, each story connected to the keepsake he carries in his pocket: a perfect, tiny, silver donkey. As the days pass and they struggle in secret to help the soldier reach home, Coco and Marcelle learn the truth behind the silver donkey, and what the precious object means: honesty, loyalty, and courage.
©2004 Sonya Hartnett (P)2005 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Precise, sensual, wise, heroic, witty: a tale of growth and selflessness. Read it aloud to a group of children today!" (Magpies Magazine)
"Hartnett has created a classic with warm characters who decry war and help each other despite being handicapped in their own ways. Aspel brings these memorable people to life with an impressive scope of emotion and accent. This is an endearing tale suitable for all ages." (AudioFile)

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Happiness is a Sonya Hartnett audiobook!

This deserves its place among the classics. Good it’s only four hours or so, as hard to put down. The narrator’s children’s French accents are a little irritating initially but they work and they are needed for the characters. Great audiobook!

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