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The Silver Donkey

One morning in the woods of France, a blinded soldier is found by two sisters, Coco and Marcelle. In return for their kindness the soldier tells the sisters marvellous tales, connected with the keepsake he carries in his pocket: a tiny silver donkey. As the days pass and they struggle to help the soldier reach home, the sisters learn the truth behind the silver donkey and what the precious object means: honesty, loyalty and courage.

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This is a poignant story of courage and humanity, suitable for upper KS2. In wartime France, two young girls discover in the forest a deserter soldier who has escaped from the trenches. In his hand, he clutches a little silver charm shaped like a donkey. The girls enjoy secretly helping the soldier, listening to his stories and trying to come up with a plan to help him reach home. This is a very moving story that provides plenty of opportunities to reflect on the broader themes of war and pacifism.

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