The Miller, His Son, and Their Donkey
. Advance Publishing . Houston, TX
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Here is an extra copy, part of the whole set of twelve set by John Sommer in answer to my request. The back cover advertises this and the other books of this series as award-winning motivational character-building picture books. The overall series, Sommer-Time Story Series, has won over forty national awards. The front cover promises fun but mentions also responsibility, assertiveness, and courage. This version of the story adds two early episodes: Elmo decides that he and his son Mort need to mill the grain by pushing the big millstone because a farmer complains that they should give their poor donkey some rest. His wife Heddy chides Elmo for listening to advice. Mort is also caught stealing apples, and explains that he was taking his young friend's advice. Heddy clarifies that he should listen to good advice. Then the usual story occurs, here because the family has two donkeys and needs only one. The noise of the river in town frightens the donkey, who gives a big kick, jumps into the river, and drowns. This particular series, Sommer-Time Story Classics, contains some twelve fable books. This library edition has a cloth reinforced binding and is very sturdy. There are also video and read-along versions of these books with sound effects, and there are free online helps too.