Book teaches les­son of making a dif­fer­ence

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODPOSTER - ZENZILE KHOISAN

IT’S AL­MOST year-end and ev­ery­one is tired and most of us tend to forget the lit­tle lessons that can ease the pres­sure, lighten the load and bring good­will.

A chil­dren’s book ti­tled Thank you, Jackson – How One Lit­tle Boy Makes a Big Dif­fer­ence of­fers a heart-warm­ing and an en­cour­ag­ing mes­sage of how a lit­tle kind­ness goes a long way. It’s writ­ten by Niki Daly and il­lus­tra­tions are by Jude Daly.

Thank you, Jackson is an ex­cep­tional ex­am­ple of the magic cre­ated in books. The story is com­ple­mented by colour­ful il­lus­tra­tions.

While many chil­dren’s books teach life lessons with quirky bugs, mon­keys, bees, bears, even fierce tigers, it’s not of­ten the hum­ble don­key steals the show.

Thank you, Jackson breaks that mould. The story is set in a ru­ral area, with a farmer with a wife named Beauty, a son named Good­will and, of course, a don­key, named Jackson. For the most part, Jackson is pre­sented as an an­i­mal with a happy dis­po­si­tion, al­ways ready to work hard on the farm, trans­port­ing the farmer’s goods to mar­ket ev­ery morn­ing with­out com­plaint.

But Jackson, like all of us, has an off day and stops half­way up the hill he trudges up daily and re­fuses to go any fur­ther. The farmer re­sorts to scream­ing and, even­tu­ally, threat­ens to beat the an­i­mal.

This is where the les­son is in­serted gen- tly into the story, when the farmer’s son, Good­will, comes to Jackson’s res­cue.

Could Good­will’s whis­pered words save the day?

AU­THOR: Niki Daly.

Thank you, Jackson – How One Lit­tle Boy Makes a Big Dif­fer­ence,

HEART-WARM­ING:

by Niki and Jude Daly

IL­LUS­TRA­TOR: Jude Daly.

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