CCCF Book Review: the Wonky Donky

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Parents, educators and young children will bond and connect through language and laughter from this colourful fun book. It will get kids hooked on reading because it is so fun and playful. Children naturally enjoy word repetition and rhyme and the Wonky Donkey offers just that with alliterations, rhymes and silly illustrations. 

Author Craig Smith begins the story with, “I was walking down the road and I saw a donkey. Hee haw! And he only had three legs! He was a wonky donkey.” The Wonky Donkey story then builds phrase upon phrase in a repeated fashion and with a new descriptive scenario of the donkey on each page until he becomes a: wonky, winky, honky-tonky, lanky, stinky-dinky, cranky, hanky-panky, spunky donkey. Children love repetition and laughing together connects people instantly while engaging us in the rhythm of language and story.

wonky, winky, honky-tonky, lanky, stinky-dinky, cranky, hanky-panky, spunky donkey.

The CCCF and early childhood educators understand the power of play in learning. This is a quality book that should be in the hands of every ECE and parent as a means to introduce the joy of reading and to connect with children. You can listen to Craig Smith sing The Wonky Donkey on YouTube

Title: The Wonky Donkey
Author: Craig Smith
Illustrator: Katz Cowley
Publisher: Scholastic, $19.99 RRP
Publication Date: October 2009
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781869439262
For ages: 3 – 8
Type: Picture book


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