Tips to share: The Wonkey Donkey
What an interesting story! The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith and illustrated by Katz Cowley is not only funny, it also tests your memory! Can you remember how to describe the donkey by the end?
Our fives and under might find this tricky but will love the fun involved in making the best ‘hee haw’ donkey sound. If your little ones get carried away here, it’s OK to shut the book, stop and play a game. It can take time for little ones to enjoy a book from start to finish.
For those of you who are keen to move beyond the ‘hee hawing’ and follow this wonky donkey’s adventures, get the kids involved in the repetitive parts of the story. Pause to see if your child can finish the sentence “I was walking down the road and I saw a………”.
This book is filled with lots of new words for your kids to learn and explore like lanky, cranky and mischief. What do they mean?
If you’re musically-minded, put on some country tunes. It’s a great way for our kids to understand what it means when this crazy wonky donkey likes to listen to country music.
The end of this book just screams “read it again, read it again”. Children get more involved and have more opportunities for learning when we share stories over and over.
Head along to your local library for more fun books to share. Who knows, you might find your child’s new favourite.