Saving Winslow
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.

Saving Winslow Details

TitleSaving Winslow
Author
ReleaseSep 11th, 2018
PublisherHarperCollins
ISBN-139780062570734
Rating
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction, Animals, Fiction, Family, Juvenile

Saving Winslow Review

  • Paul Hankins
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Patrick
    January 1, 1970
    So great to have a new Sharon Creech novel out in the world. Sweet, heart-felt story.
  • Elly Swartz
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Heidi Burkhart
    January 1, 1970
    A tender story about a boy who raises a tiny donkey. Perfect for elementary students.
  • Leonard Kim
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    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
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  • Jillian Anderson
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Lorie Barber
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Michele Knott
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    Sigh! Louie and Winslow won my heart. Lovely!
  • Nora Winterton
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Marie
    January 1, 1970
    Now I want to adopt a donkey. Thanks, Sharon Creech.
  • Cristina Quattrone
    January 1, 1970
    I know some reluctant readers who would be smitten by this story
  • Sandra
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    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 audiobo 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 audiobook was well read, but I am sure reading the print book would be just as rewarding.
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  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    E ARC from Edelweiss PlusWhen 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 PlusWhen 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.
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  • Marathon County Public Library
    January 1, 1970
    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 LibraryFind this book in our library catalog.
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  • Sandy Brehl
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Donna Merritt
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 his older brother who is serving in the army. And then there's the neighbor who complains constantly that the donkey (as Winslow—spoiler alert—begins to grow stronger) is waking her baby with his noise. And his friend Mack's love life. And Louie's tender heart and an artist's way of looking at the world.Yesterday I would have told you that donkeys don't interest me. Today, I cried reading about a fictional one. Adding this to our grade 4 and 5 school library immediately. While it is a book for everyone, it's a bonus that the short chapters will appeal to my reluctant readers. And once they read this, I'll have them hooked on books. Thanks, Sharon.
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  • Libby Ames
    January 1, 1970
    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 present 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 presents them in a soft enough light to be appropriate for young readers. Saving Winslow is a salute to the power of family, friendship, and finding our personal strength. Short and simple enough for younger readers, but powerful enough for all to enjoy.Recommended ages--9 and up
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  • Karen Parisot
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Jill
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Jordan Henrichs
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Terri Floccare
    January 1, 1970
    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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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Saving Winslow was a fairly quiet story. The beginning of this book sucked me right in. I enjoyed the way Louie adapted to the situation as the story progressed. The characters seemed underdeveloped, which made them seem distant. There are some heavy topics broached, but only at surface level. In the end, this felt rather disjointed.
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Melissapalmer404
    January 1, 1970
    Book #74 Read in 2018Saving Winslow by Sharon CreechThis 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.
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  • Kris Patrick
    January 1, 1970
    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!?!?
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