The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, was delighted to host a book reading and craft event with the celebrated childrens’ author and illustrator, Rachel Bright, last week.
It was a crisp and sunny day and the schoolchildren from Colyton and Ottery primaries snuggled up at one end of a barn while the resident donkeys munched away at the other.
Children and donkeys were treated to a very animated reading from Rachel’s latest title: Walter and the No Need to Worry Suit, about a very worried donkey. They were reassured to hear how Walter’s greatest fears, such as ending up on TV and on front of the whole village in just his pants, would be overcome- thanks to a special suit designed by his friends.
The reading was followed by the children drawing their own version of Walter, making quirky donkey-ear headbands and trying to impress the donkeys with their best “eeyore” impressions.
During her visit Rachel was introduced to our very own Walter: an adoption donkey. As a laid back chap and casual footballer he’s not much like his “worrier” namesake in Rachel’s book. But now that she’s met him and is smitten, the cheeky chappy could provide literary inspiration in the future... who knows!
What a brilliant day! It was great to have Rachel meet the real life Walter and to see so many local schoolchildren with such enthusiasm for the book, for crafts and for the lovely donkeys.