One morning in the woods of France, a blinded soldier, is found by two sisters, Coco and Marcelle. In return for their kindness the soldier tells the sisters marvellous tales, connected to the keepsake he carries in his pocket: a tiny, silver donkey. As the days pass and they struggle to help the soldier reach home, the sisters learn the truth behind the silver donkey and what the precious object means: honesty, loyalty and courage.
Sonya Hartnett is the author of the award-winning Thursday's Child, What the Birds See, Stripes of the Sidestep Wolf and Surrender. She lives in Australia. Laura Carlin studied for a degree in illustration and in 2003 she won the joint First Prize for Book Illustration in the Quentin Blake Illustration Awards and the joint First Prize for Editorial Illustration in the National Magazine Awards. She lives in London.