Monday

Author: Wilburn, Garlyn Webb

Subjects: Humor; Farm Life; Growing Up/Boys

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6

Order code: 6260

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 6260S

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It is 1943. Jeff has failed English class. Given the option by his strict fourth-grade teacher either to complete all assignments sent home during the summer or to attend summer school (which she would be teaching), Jeff’s parents feel that a summer visit to his grandparents' small farm near Parkerville, in central Texas, might be just the thing to help him change his attitude and buckle down to work. They warn him that if he does not do the reading and spelling work with Grandma, he will be brought home to go to summer school.

Treated on the farm as a responsible member of the family, Jeff is given chores to do. Usually he is paired with Monday, a strong-willed donkey whom Jeff believes is the most cantankerous donkey that ever lived. Jeff knows what he needs to do and what he needs Monday to do. Monday knows what he should do; it is seldom what Jeff has planned. Readers will laugh at some of the conflicts between Jeff and Monday as the summer wears on. The observant reader will sense Jeff's shifting attitude as he reminisces about his adventures with Monday and credits the donkey with not only stubbornness but intelligence and bravery in running off wolves.

Toward summer's end, Jeff is on time with his reading and spelling, and he builds a cart for Monday to pull him in. He leads them both into a place where Monday clearly does not want to be. Too late, Jeff realizes that it is past time to turn around and go home. While he is at he stream getting a drink, a blood-curdling scream from Monday horrifies him as he turns and watches the damage a panther is doing to Monday's back, neck, and shoulders. Monday's survival becomes paramount for Jeff. By the end of the story, Jeff's attitude toward Monday has come full circle; he would like Monday to be his when he grows up! Among other things, Jeff has learned that along with Monday's stubborn nature come many admirable traits.

This is a wonderful tale of a young boy learning important life lessons from his grandparents and from a special donkey.

Garlyn Webb Wilburn is a fourth-generation Texan who now lives in China Spring, Texas, where he spends his time raising donkeys and writing for young readers.

It is 1943. Jeff has failed English class. Given the option by his strict fourth-grade teacher either to complete all assignments sent home during the summer or to attend summer school (which she would be teaching), Jeff’s parents feel that a summer visit to his grandparents' small farm near Parkerville, in central Texas, might be just the thing to help him change his attitude and buckle down to work. They warn him that if he does not do the reading and spelling work with Grandma, he will be brought home to go to summer school.

Treated on the farm as a responsible member of the family, Jeff is given chores to do. Usually he is paired with Monday, a strong-willed donkey whom Jeff believes is the most cantankerous donkey that ever lived. Jeff knows what he needs to do and what he needs Monday to do. Monday knows what he should do; it is seldom what Jeff has planned. Readers will laugh at some of the conflicts between Jeff and Monday as the summer wears on. The observant reader will sense Jeff's shifting attitude as he reminisces about his adventures with Monday and credits the donkey with not only stubbornness but intelligence and bravery in running off wolves.

Toward summer's end, Jeff is on time with his reading and spelling, and he builds a cart for Monday to pull him in. He leads them both into a place where Monday clearly does not want to be. Too late, Jeff realizes that it is past time to turn around and go home. While he is at he stream getting a drink, a blood-curdling scream from Monday horrifies him as he turns and watches the damage a panther is doing to Monday's back, neck, and shoulders. Monday's survival becomes paramount for Jeff. By the end of the story, Jeff's attitude toward Monday has come full circle; he would like Monday to be his when he grows up! Among other things, Jeff has learned that along with Monday's stubborn nature come many admirable traits.

This is a wonderful tale of a young boy learning important life lessons from his grandparents and from a special donkey.

Garlyn Webb Wilburn is a fourth-generation Texan who now lives in China Spring, Texas, where he spends his time raising donkeys and writing for young readers.

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