The Very Old Donkey

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The Very Old Donkey

There is a very old donkey who is too old to pull his master’s cart. With his best friend Robbie, he goes on a search to find new work. This story is for children aged four to eight, who will delight in both the simplicity and originality of the story itself, as well as in the colorful illustrations by David Newbatt.

The Very Old Donkey originates from storytelling performances given in kindergartens and schools in Scandinavia and Germany, whose students knew little or no English. The recognizable animals and their sounds and the element of repetition make this story especially suitable for acting out for early stages of learning English.

Robbie and the Very Old Donkey meet five different animals, each of which does work that very old donkeys are not particularly suited to perform. Will Robbie find work that the Very Old Donkey can do?

The book is printed on 50% recycled material using vegetable-based inks.

About the Author

Michael Burton is based in Sydney and works as a writer, speech performer, actor, speech therapist, and voice teacher. He is the writer of the script for an international project to perform a play that follows on from the four initiation dramas of Rudolf Steiner. He gives performances in a number of countries of his one-man drama, Shakespeare and the Mystery of the Human Being (2003).

Additional information

Weight 8 oz
Dimensions 12 × 0.1 × 8 in


David Newbatt




September 2011






Wynstones Press


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