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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 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 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-altering events prove that this fragile donkey is stronger than anyone could have imagined. Written in the spirit of Creech favorites Moo and Love That Dog, this standout tale about love and friendship and letting go will tug at the heartstrings.


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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 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 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-altering events prove that this fragile donkey is stronger than anyone could have imagined. Written in the spirit of Creech favorites Moo and Love That Dog, this standout tale about love and friendship and letting go will tug at the heartstrings.

30 review for Saving Winslow

  1. 5 out of 5

    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.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    So great to have a new Sharon Creech novel out in the world. Sweet, heart-felt story.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Burkhart

    A tender story about a boy who raises a tiny donkey. Perfect for elementary students.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Leonard Kim

    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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Elly Swartz

    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.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Madison

    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 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 animal who wants to survive, and Louie is determined to be the one to save him. So, Louie names him Winslow and begins raise him. Short chapters, some no longer than half a page, make Saving Winslow a quick and easy book to fall into the rhythm of reading. These little chapters piece together a heartwarming story. Winslow and his gentle, bumbling antics can soften anything - the sadness and perpetual worry of Nora, Louie’s neighbour, who has faced her own losses and grief and is scared to form attachments, the girl troubles of Louie’s older friend, Mack, and especially the aching feeling Louie has when missing his brother, who is serving in the army. These intertwining stories of friendship and family are perfectly offset against the story of a brave young donkey and the boy who cares for him. The prose is simple and the setting almost timeless, and so it is easy to see Saving Winslow becoming a much-loved favourite, sitting nicely alongside the writing of Kate DiCamillo and Katherine Applegate. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own. Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jillian Anderson

    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.

  9. 4 out of 5

    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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Michele Knott

    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.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    Sigh! Louie and Winslow won my heart. Lovely!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cristina Quattrone

    I know some reluctant readers who would be smitten by this story

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    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.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    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 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 on Claudine, who has just moved to town. Her sister Nora is a little younger, and when Nora meets the donkey (named Winslow), she doesn't want much to do with it, since her baby brother was also premature but didn't make it. Louie was a preemie and DID, so he has every confidence in Winslow. The donkey has some rough patches, but pulls through and starts to grow and become a bit more rambunctious, which doesn't please some of the neighbors, especially Mrs. Tooley, who claims that Winslow keeps her baby awake. Louie and Nora become friends, and when it is eventually clear that Winslow must move along, Nora helps Louie to find the best place for Winslow to belong. Strengths: This is one of those heart-tugging books that would make a great read aloud. Creech uses a lot of rich, figurative language, and with a cute cover like this, who would NOT root for Winslow? Weaknesses: This was slow moving and introspective, and something about the style reminded me of 1980s Patricia MacLachlan books. What I really think: I'm sure the public library will have a copy of this, so I think I will wait to purchase until I get a feel for my readers this year. The ones in the past would not have cared for this.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Marathon County Public Library

    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, 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, Nora, falls in love with Winslow. But as Winslow thrives in his care, the problems get bigger too and tough decisions regarding Winslow’s future must be made. Newbery Medal award-winning author, Sharon Creech, gives us this charming, sweet, heart-warming story that is perfect for younger tweens looking for a good animal story. I loved it! Sharyn H. / Marathon County Public Library Find this book in our library catalog.

  16. 5 out of 5

    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 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 a seemingly simple novel with multilayered, interwoven, complex subplots, emotions, and secondary-but-essential characters. The ominous possibilities of death and danger are introduced immediately and develop throughout, but there are plenty of secure relationships, growing friendships, inferred personality needs and quirks to keep readers thinking and caring. What might have been a heartbreaking ending resolves in equally complex ways that let readers celebrate the conclusion rather than mourning it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Karen Parisot

    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 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 and after reading this book I can see why. The story just flows, it’s so well written. I think the ending is absolute perfection. I was really charmed by this one and I positively recommend it for all young readers especially the animal smitten ones. It is a wonderful story.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    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 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 donkey back to health or will he experience another loss? Themes of friendship, love, overcoming obstacles to reach a goal. Great for fans of Charlotte's Web, Love that Dog, and Moo.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jordan Henrichs

    There's something nostalgic about reading a Sharon Creech novel. I've used so many of her books as mentor texts in the classroom. I place her alongside Spinelli as an all-time favorite. Saving Winslow shows she's still got it. When you're a master of your craft, you don't need 350+ pages to tell a complete, thorough story. Great character development and an efficient plot. Kids love animal books. This will make for a fantastic read aloud.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    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.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Melissapalmer404

    Book #74 Read in 2018 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.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kris Patrick

    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!?!?

  23. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    This was a cute book about a donkey which needed extra care to survive after its birth. Younger brother took care of donkey named Winslow. Older brother joined the Army and was going to war. Good friends helped out.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Williams

    Always a fan!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    Such a sweet story.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Adorable.

  27. 5 out of 5

    DaNae

    You can't really go wrong with a story that begins with a sickly animal being dropped off in a kitchen. A nice, if heavly-themed, rescue story.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Eva

    Nicely written but too short for me to get involved in the characters' lives all that much.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cassie Thomas

    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.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    Such a sweet little read. I loved the characters, the donkey, and how everything came together in the end.

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