Little homage to a famous donkey

vickylass By vickylass, 12th Dec 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Today marks 100 years of a first of edition of a book that has been translated in a good handful of languages to let readers know about the story of a donkey, a country boy and its rural surroundings.

Little homage to a famous donkey

If I close my eyes to visualise my mother's table in her work room, I see a small book, which cover had been protected with a purple, silky piece of cloth to avoid getting it spoilt or badly stained as one read it. This book was always by my mother's side and she always read few pages whenever she took a short break from her work.
I sat across from her and she once offered me to read it.
What a beautiful story was on its pages of that book well protected with that piece of cloth!
The story started telling us '' Platero is a small, hairy and smooth donkey (...} We'd say that he was made of cotton wool and boneless from the outside with only a pair of hard and round pieces of Jet as eyes''
Platero lives happily in the town of Moguer, presumly the author's birth place, running in the fields and trying to chase flying butterflies.
To read this story means to read about a town and its inhabitants. It means to read about the relationship between a young country boy and this donkey that seems to be made of cotton wool and boneless.
It was the first book I read that an adult would read as well and I haven't forgotten the beautiful description that the author wrote of the donkey and its surroundings.
The donkey's death was also one of the moments that moved me to tears when the boy finds him sleeping motionless on his straw bed.
Today, and as Google reminds us, marks 100 years since the first edition of this book that tells us about a donkey, a country boy and the town of Moguer.
It's a poetical book either for children as I was when I first read it and adults too.

(C} Copyright. Vicky Pino. December 12th 2014.


Adults, Boy, Children, Description, Donkey, Platero, Town

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author avatar puncakceria
12th Dec 2014 (#)

interesting article,thank for sharing..

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
13th Dec 2014 (#)

Awesome post and I heard of Platero too!

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