Edmund Pickle Chin
Written by Clara Bowman-Jahn and Susan April Elwood
Illustrated by Lynne Bendoly
Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story is based on a true story. Edmund, the main character, is an abused donkey who is the first of many animals to call Evermay Farm, a small rescue in central Georgia, home. Susan, Edmund’s care giver in the story, not only gives the shy donkey the time and patience he needs but gives him a new name every day of the week. The title takes on one of those nicknames she so lovingly calls him. As Susan starts to take in new critters, Edmund finds himself changing. As his name grows, so does his trust and acceptance. Edmund soon learns that he is not only needed but wanted. This confused, frightened donkey’s life changes as he becomes a hero, a babysitter, and a companion to the other residents at Evermay Farm.
Pages: 36, fully illustrated
Posted by Johanna Ash on 26th Apr 2014
As a retired kindergarten teacher, I found this to be a delightful book. I can't wait to purchase it for my grandchildren! Clara Bowman Jahn and Susan April Elwood, along with illustrator Lynne Bendoly have come up with a fine true story for young children. Rescue stories are difficult to find for young children because they involve a connection that can easily become maudlin. Edmund Pickle Chin is full of love and gentle humor and is a great example of the rewards of trusting in relationships. The setting is a present-day rescue farm in Georgia. The story is colorfully illustrated in a loving humorous fashion while photos are in the back of the book. Clara Bowman Jahn, who wrote Annie's Special Day, also presented by etreasures, continues her time concepts theme by having Susan give the donkey an additional name each day of the week. The story is more than a description of life on the farm for Edmund, however. An incident occurs where we aren't sure that Edmund has left the farm and we are eager to finish reading the story for that resolution. This surprise development had me turning the pages back to see if I could predict the ending. This is a fun read, and the facts about donkeys and rescue farms in the back of the book was an additional asset.