‘The Donkey Doctor‘ is a touching and encouraging story about the difficult life of a donkey on an island. One day, a boy who has a special connection to animals comes to visit the island with his parents. In the crowd of tourists who take photos with tired donkeys and ride them in the unbearable heat, he shows the donkey compassion and promises to return to the island one day to help. The boy kept his promise.
This story teaches children that donkeys can be more than just entertainment for people. Like all other animals, they are our friends who deserve to be treated kindly.
This book, like all of Vucic Dekic’s other picture books, is suitable for children of all ages. It contains no violence or mature themes, no adult language, does not depict any drinking, smoking, or other vices, and does not promote consumer culture. It is intended to be wholesome, animal-friendly, positive family entertainment.
Dragana Vucic Dekic, Ph.D., is an author of humorous short stories, poems and picture books. She holds a PhD in humor theory and stand-up comedy and has worked as a TV presenter and a cultural program producer. Dragana is also a professor of literature and has launched drama workshops that foster a sense of humor in children. Her children’s books promote animal rights and empathy toward all animals while encouraging creative thinking to dispel the various prejudices that exist in the modern world. She has won an award for her humorous travel stories which are published on her blog, www.momthemuse.com.
“Maybe there is nothing more important today than teaching young kids compassion and empathy. Dragana’s books do exactly that. Through playful stories, she makes children see animals in a new light, undoubtedly helping them think differently about our relationships with the other species with whom we share our planet.”
-Tobias Leenaert, best-selling author of How to Create a Vegan World: A Pragmatic Approach
“Utterly delightful story that is as fun for adults to read as for children to listen to. And the illustrations are such happy-makers!”