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One of my favourite things about middle grade is how sweet and innocent the stories are. Saving Winslow is exactly that: sweet and innocent.
I've read a couple of Sharon Creech's books and enjoyed them both so I knew I would enjoy this one too. Then I saw that the book is recommended for fans of Charlotte's Web and The One and Only Ivan and my expectations went through the roof. While I wouldn't saw I loved Saving Winslow as much as its comparison stories, it was still super sweet and gave me all the warm fuzzies. There is something super sweet about a child's relationship with their first pet. Winslow is a donkey, and a sickly one at that who isn't expected to live long. I suppose this is where the comparison to Charlotte's Web comes in because, just like Wilbur, Winslow is constantly on the verge of not staying alive until the end of the book. I didn't connect with Winslow the same way I connected to Ivan though, so that comparison fell a bit flat for me.
If you like your middle grade sweet and innocent and you enjoy a good animal story, then do yourself a favour and pick up Saving Winslow.
Note: An egalley was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
My son who prefers to wash the dishes than reading loves reading this book. He could read 3 chapters in 7-10 mins. It's perfect for 4th grader and kids who loves animals. He also told me he will read it 3 times :)
Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech is a heartprint book that is masterfully told. And, while this is a story about saving a donkey, Creech has woven in so much more. It is a tale about a boy who struggles to find his purpose, a girl who’s afraid to love, and a family who misses a son who's away serving our country. This is a story of believing and loving and finding ourselves in the world around us. I highly recommend.
My 10 year old hates reading even though she’s really good at it. She reads 2 1/2 grades above her grade level. She was dying from the mundane books assigned by her teacher. Then, her teacher told her to purchase or borrow this book from the library. (We obviously purchased a copy). My daughter LOVED this book!!!! I even heard her giggling a few times when she was reading. I had never seen her so actively reading before with a school assigned book. The book was sweet and had some very cute parts. My daughter is now OBSSESSED with this book and author. Thank you Sharon for writing a book my daughter actually fell in love with!
This book is a quick read with so much heart. You will want to read it all at once and then read it again because it is so filled with emotion. An outstanding book for growth mindset as well. Would also make a wonderful read aloud for younger grades.
Sharon Creech always writes books that appeal to kids, parents and teachers. She did it with a book called Moo, and now with Saving Winslow. How many books have you read where the main character is a donkey? I loved every minute of this delightful book! I will be using this one in my presentations this year. Sharon Creech, you are a gem in the world of children's literature! Thank you for all your books!!
This is a sweet story about a little boy and a donkey that he nursed and saved. My child loves animals and has a huge heart, so he fell in love with the story. I heard him say, "Awww," several times while reading, I heard him giggle, and I may have seen a bit of a tear a time or two. We will definitely be reading more of this author!