Flash the Donkey Makes New Friends is an adorable book that teaches children the importance of helping others and being kind. In the story, there are animal characters that meet a traveling homeless donkey named Flash. Something happens to donkey making him in need of help and a hen, pig, and goat comes to his aid.
The characters in this story feature interesting and diverse personalities much like the people a child might meet in their class or group. The illustrations portray the emotions well with what’s going on.
I think one of the biggest takeaways of this book is that life happens not always like we imagine it will. I’m sure the donkey or the other animals didn’t expect what happened to cause a reaction over time that forged a great friendship between the four of them!
The story is light-hearted and the biggest take away is being kind. This doesn’t always mean you’ll make friends but you never know. It’s definitely a good read for starting this conversation. The Bible verse in this book is Proverbs 11:30, “The seeds of good deeds become a tree of life; a wise person wins friends.”
At the end of the book, there’s a section titled “Now That You’ve Finished the Story…”. In this section, there’s an area for children to answer a few questions about caring for others, their friends, and lists some ideas on how to be caring.
The text was easy for my eight-year-old to read but a little challenging for my five-year-old. Both my son and eldest daughter told me the enjoyed the illustrations and the story. I feel it’s gotten them to think about others more. After reading the book myself, I’m personally interested in the authors’ real-life tale of the donkey that she adopted!
This tale is best suited for boys and girls ages 5 years old up, in my opinion.