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Saving Winslow

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  468 Ratings  ·  119 Reviews
Perfect for fans of Charlotte’s Web and The One and Only Ivan, Saving Winslow is an uplifting modern classic in the making about a young boy who befriends an ailing newborn donkey and nurses him back to health, from New York Times bestseller and Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech.

Louie doesn't have the best luck when it comes to nurturing small creatures. So when his fathe
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Published September 11th 2018 by HarperCollins
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Paul  Hankins
Review closer to release date, but. . .this is Sharon Creech. You're already heading away from this post to pre-order. I won't keep you any longer.
I wanted to love this so much more. I feel like, much like a tiny premature donkey, I wanted this story to get fatter as it went along, but it just felt too light, to short. Some heavy topics were brought up, but then just sort of pushed away again. I feel like, even for a book for young kids, she could have dug deeper.
Heidi Burkhart
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A tender story about a boy who raises a tiny donkey. Perfect for elementary students.
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So great to have a new Sharon Creech novel out in the world. Sweet, heart-felt story.
Leonard Kim
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a better showcase for Creech’s formidable talents than some of her other recent books. Maybe a shade too “literary” at times, but I think both broadly appealing and unsurprisingly masterful.
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
A heartwarming story of a young donkey, the boy who is determined to save him, and the way in which small things can sometimes have the biggest impact. Lyrical and sweet, Saving Winslow is a simple but touching story for young and middle-grade readers.

When Louie is given another of his Uncle Pete’s orphan animals, a newborn donkey, everyone warns him not to get too attached, as it will probably die anyway. But there is something about the tiny, grey bundle that whispers to Louie that here is an
Jillian Anderson
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a sweet read! Sharon Creech has done it again. Louie’s Dad brings home an orphaned donkey and Louie volunteers to raise it despite everyone telling him that the donkey may not make it. Nora, a neighbor girl, won’t even touch the donkey because she is afraid Winslow is in for a short life. But slowly Winslow makes his way into the hearts of Louie’s family and neighborhood. The way Louie believes in this spindlely Winslow is admirable.
Cristina Quattrone
I know some reluctant readers who would be smitten by this story
Elly Swartz
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech is a heartprint book that is masterfully told. And, while this is a story about saving a donkey, Creech has woven in so much more. It is a tale about a boy who struggles to find his purpose, a girl who’s afraid to love for fear of loss, and a family who misses a son who’s away serving our country. This is a story of believing and loving and finding ourselves. I highly recommend.
Lorie Barber
I find it nothing short of incredible that Sharon Creech continues to pack so much heartfelt emotion and incredible life lessons into a short-ish space. I have fallen in love with Winslow, Louie, and Nora and I know my students will, too. What a pleasure to read this summer morning.
Michele Knott
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sharon Creech is always able to pack so many things to talk about in her books in a smaller number of pages than most. She's that wonderful with words.
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sigh! Louie and Winslow won my heart. Lovely!
Ms. Yingling
Jul 12, 2018 rated it liked it
E ARC from Edelweiss Plus

When his somewhat irresponsible Uncle Pete's miniature donkey is ailing and gives birth prematurely, Louie's mother and father let Louie try to nurse the baby back to health, warning him the whole time that it is likely the animal won't make it. Since Louie is missing his brother Gus, who is in the army, and feels like his track record with keeping animals alive isn't great, Louie does his best. Louie hangs out with his best friend, Mack, a lot, and Mack has a huge crush
Sandy Brehl
I can't imagine any reader not being a fan of Sharon Creech's books, but this latest is ideal for independent young readers and for use in classrooms. I'm a fan of read aloud novels in class, but particularly of high quality SHORT novels, allowing many more to be read over the course of a school year. In this case, the compelling main plot regarding a remarkable miniature donkey's survival will have listeners (and readers) on a page-turning frenzy. What Creech has managed to achieve, though, is ...more
Karen Parisot
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When Louie’s dad brings home a newborn orphaned donkey, Louie is immediately smitten and volunteers to take care of him. The thing is though, Louie has a terrible track record when it comes to caring for small creatures. As in a zero percent success rate. He’s an enthusiastic and loving young caregiver though and is determined to save the baby donkey he names Winslow.
An excellent book for middle grade readers. It’s all about responsibility and friendship. Ms. Creech is an award winning author an
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Louie (10) hasn't done a great job of taking care of pets in his lifetime. A few of his pets that have died or went missing were a snake, hamster, goldfish, and lizard. One day Louie's dad brings home a weak, orphaned mini-donkey from his Uncle Pete's farm. He knows that his luck with animals is about to change. Louie wants to make a difference like his brother, Gus, who is stationed out of state in the Army. His new friend, Nora, has doubts that Louie can save Winslow. Can Louie nurse the donke ...more
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short but lovely tale of a boy and his donkey. Louie is a winsome hero... gentle yet determined that nothing bad will happen to his precious Winslow. Pessimistic and prickly Nora is an excellent foil for the optimistic Louie, but she's likable just the same. Recommended for fans of barnyard creatures and lovable underdogs.
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Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech

This is a sweet, cute read, geared towards middle school readers. Louie takes over the care of a poor, pitiful donkey that he names Winslow. He bottle feeds him, takes care of him, sleeps by him and hopes that Winslow will make it. This book shows the effect that a sweet animal can have on people...both young and old. I borrowed this book from the library.
Kris Patrick
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sharon Creech makes every word count. I found myself rereading chapters to slow down and appreciate the writing perfection. Starts strong, finishes strong. I would read the first page as my book talk. A beautiful cover.

I’ve been mighty generous with my stars this week. Maybe fall break fever is kicking in? Have I mentioned that I get two glorious weeks!?!?
Amanda Williams
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Always a fan!
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Cassie Thomas
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sharon has such a way with words. This is a sweet story that means so much more than just taking care of a donkey. There's grit, love, understanding, and compassion. Students will love to read this and will be rooting for Winslow and Louie from start to finish, and by the end, they will be rooting for Nora, too.
Brenda Kahn
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh my! My children’s lit lovin’ peeps! This! This book! Sharon Creech! It’s perfect! I need to read it again when I stop crying. Honestly! I was cackling my head off in the airport on the way here and crying my eyes out with love on the way out! What a mess I am! Review later!
Richie Partington
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Richie’s Picks: SAVING WINSLOW by Sharon Creech, HarperCollins/Joanna Cotler, September 2018, 176p., ISBN: 978-0-06-257070-3

“Me donkey hee, me donkey haw
My donkey sleep in a pile of straw”
-- from the Raffi version of the traditional song Tingalayo

“Louie knelt beside the basket. A small gray head with black eyes and feathery eyelashes and sticking-up ears emerged. Attached to the head was a trembling thin body and four long spindly legs, all of it covered in splotchy gray fur scattered with brown
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Summary (book jacket)
Louie doesn't have the best luck when it comes to nurturing small creatures. So, when his father brings home a sickly newborn mini donkey, he's determined to save him. He names him Winslow. Taking care of him helps Louie feel closer to his brother, Gus, who is far, far away in the army.
Everyone worries that Winslow won't survive, especially Louie’s quirky new friend, Nora, who has experienced loss of her own. But as Louie's bond with Winslow grows, surprising and life-alteri
Joan Marie
This quiet read from Creech touches the heart of any animal lover.
10-year-old Louie was a premie. Just like Winslow, the miniature donkey.
Louie takes right away to Louie, and nurses him to health. Only to have to make a decision he'd rather not have to make. Two side stories add depth to primary story; each side story offers opportunities for additional insights, perspectives, and compassion. And I love how she wove an image of one of Winslow Homer's painting into the story. But I won't reveal
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
#Partner #KLE ✨BookReview✨Thank you @KidLitExchange for a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ In Sharon Creech’s new middle grade novel (debuts 9/18), a young boy named Louie finds himself alone. His older brother Gus has gone off to war, his best friend seems to have new middle school concerns, and everything he’s ever cared for has either died or run away. Things change when Louie’s parents receive a newborn donkey that isn’t expected to make it through the night. Without ...more
Jun 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
Edelweiss provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I was really excited to get an DRC of this one, because I loved last year's Moo. I adored the story of a girl and a cow, so I thought the story of a boy and a donkey would be just as enjoyable.

And while the story is cute, and there are some great issues addressed (loss and grief, friendship, responsibility), this one just didn't pack the same emotional punch for me. I wish Louie's relationship with his enlisted brother Gus
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: harpercollins
SAVING WINSLOW is a truly heart-warming story of a boy befriending a sick mini donkey. Louie is used to his father bringing home fatally ill animals from his uncle’s farm. But when he father brings home a scrawny little donkey Louie is determined that Winslow (as Louie names him) will NOT die. Louis misses his brother Gus who is away serving in the military but he finds that caring for Winslow helps Louie somehow feel closer to his brother.

Everyone is so sure that Winslow won't survive, especial
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 4th-6th grade
Louie sounds older than his 10 years (it’s an unusual kid to use the word ‘unkempt’) but this is forgotten as you fall for him and his LGD, little gray donkey. Creech’s writing is straight forward, yet poetic at times. The undercurrent of the story—why care for something that will go away or die—is gently shared through Louie missing his older brother, who’s in the military, and a new neighbor and friend Nora who grieves for a baby brother born premature and who died. Caring for Winslow the donk ...more
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I was born in South Euclid, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, and grew up there with my noisy and rowdy family: my parents (Ann and Arvel), my sister (Sandy), and my three brothers (Dennis, Doug and Tom).
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