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Saving Winslow

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  2,992 ratings  ·  527 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
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Published September 11th 2018 by HarperCollins
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Donna Merritt
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How can anyone not love Sharon Creech's work? Impossible. This short, sweet story will (excuse the cliche) tug at your heartstrings. Louie is caring for Winslow, a tiny donkey born to an ailing mother who is not able to care for him. Louie defies anyone who says Winslow might not make it. He himself was born premature and tiny and HE made it. But the brother of his new friend Nora had not made it; she's afraid to get close to anyone or anything that might leave or die. Add to this Louie missing ...more
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.
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.
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
"The donkey made a small noise that sounded like please."

And right then, Louie accepts the challenge of saving this motherless mini donkey who he names Winslow. "Louie had not had the best luck nurturing creatures." From worms and lightning bugs to a goldfish and a kitten, the creatures that Louie loved didn't stay around very long. But this time, Louie is determined that he will be successful. Others keep warning him not to get attached, but Louie is only thinking positively. And besides,
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.
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.
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sigh! Louie and Winslow won my heart. Lovely!
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.
Kari Yergin
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another sweet Sharon Creech book, though I wanted her to go a bit deeper. Until May, I had never met any mini donkeys, so I especially liked imagining Zoe’s minis Ricky and Ethel as babies.

“He and his parents hovered over each letter and postcard from Gus. They were hungry for his voice and his news, but he rarely phoned, didn’t write often, and his news was not elaborate. Life was “OK” or “ not too bad.” Once he said it was “great!” but he did not explain why it was great. The food was “OK” or
Not my typical 4 star review for Sharon Creech. This was a cute, feel good story that was just a little too short to flesh out the good stuff. But a fun read for the younger crowd, say 1st-3rd graders.
Nora Winterton
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was really sweet. I mean, one of the characters is named Nora, so what can I say? ;) I do think it was a super quick read (like 45 minutes) and the plot wasn't very thick. However, the ending was cute.

Cristina Quattrone
I know some reluctant readers who would be smitten by this story
Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
Now I want to adopt a donkey. Thanks, Sharon Creech.
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved it it was a heart warming book! It made me laugh and cry! It’s an easy read but so goooood!
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Louie has never had success with raising animals, but he decidedly takes on the mission to nurse a newborn donkey to health. His friend Nora, who has experienced difficult losses of her own, finds it hard to get close to Winslow. This is a wonderful story for children who love animals. It is an affirmation to daring to take on challenges, to love, and to hope.
Fantastic--I highly recommend this book. Do you love animals? So does Louie, and he is determined to save this donkey--yes, donkey--that is brought to his home by his well-meaning Uncle Pete. Louie names the donkey Winslow, and Winslow goes about saving everyone, including himself. Creech manages convey so many emotions--Louie's brother in the military, his shy & grieving friend, a cranky neighbor, Louie and his parents--all while telling you about a donkey struggling to survive. The ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jul 12, 2018 rated it liked it
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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
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When his father brings home a sickly, half-dead baby donkey in the middle of winter, Louie, who has not had luck keeping things alive like goldfish, worms and bugs, is determined to do whatever it takes to save it. Suffering the loss of his brother, Gus, who recently joined the army, having a baby donkey to love helps soothe Louie's lonely heart and gives him something to take his mind off his brother. But Winslow becomes so much more than that, and even his eccentric and pessimistic new friend,

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
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
Childrens middle grade realistic fiction. Louie has a history of trying (and failing) to revive animals down on their luck. But when his Dad brings home a baby donkey whose mother couldn't care for it, Louie is determined that this time he will succeed. He himself was a preemie and needed extra care at birth, so he feels confident that the donkey will recuperate with enough love and attention. This is a sweet animal bond story, as Winslow (after Winslow Homer the artist) the donkey grows and ...more
Libby Ames
From birth, Louie has been considered fragile. Maybe that is why he is drawn to the small, motherless donkey brought home from his uncle’s farm. Everyone predicts the animal will die, but Louie is determined to prove them wrong. In spite all odds, Louie and his donkey Winslow will show the world the strength inside things sometimes considered the most fragile.

Sharon Creech is back with another beautiful and heartwarming story. In Saving Winslow, she doesn’t shy away from hard topics, but
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
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This might be my favorite book!!!!!!!! I have always wanted a donkey but now I definitely do! It was about a boy who has an uncle that is a farmer and when his animals get sick he takes them to his brother's house. The brother has a son and he loves animals. But the bad thing is that he gets to attached to him and then when they die he gets heartbroken. One day his uncle brought a really sick donkey and of course the boy wanted to help it. he was a very little donkey, not an average size. He ...more
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 ...more
Terri Floccare
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Winslow is a runty donkey. Louie is a boy in need of a friend. He decides he'll take care of Winslow and help him grow. His quirky neighbor Nora develops an interest in Winslow too. After a few ups and downs things seem to be going well, until the neighbors decide that a small backyard in a regular neighborhood is NOT the place for a donkey.

This is a delightful story that reminded me a bit of Charlotte's Web. Louie is a sweet child and Nora brings balance to their friendship.
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