Jackson the donkey works very hard, carrying loads of mielies, carrots and potatoes up the hill to market every week, from the little farm where he lives with the farmer, his wife Beauty and his son Goodwill. But one day Jackson just stops, halfway up the hill.
The farmer pushes him, pulls him, shouts at him. But Jackson WILL NOT BUDGE. Just as the farmer is about to beat his donkey, little Goodwill comes running up the hill.
Quickly he whispers something in the donkey’s ear – and, straightaway, the old donkey gets to his feet. The farmer is astonished. What could be the secret of the boy’s message?
“Well,” says Goodwill, “Mama told me it’s the little things like saying please and thank you, that make a big difference in this world.”
And from that day on, the farmer remembers to thank his old donkey for helping him, and Jackson does his work willingly.
NIKI DALY is the award-winning author and illustrator of many Frances Lincoln books, including the Jamela series, Not So Fast, Songololo, Pretty Salma, No More Kisses for Bernard, Ruby Sings the Blues and The Herd Boy.
JUDE DALY is internationally renowned for her delicately detailed illustrations. She is the illustrator of Lila and the Secret of Rain, The Faraway Island and Sivu’s Six Wishes, as well as the author of Seb and Hamish, illustrated by Niki Daly. Niki and Jude are married with two sons, and live in Kleinmond, near Cape Town, South Africa.
"Conveys a significant message in a way that touches the hearts of readers."
"With illustrations that glow and a story that will make smiles shine from the faces of readers, this is a touching picture book tale of manners and thank you’s."
"This is one of the most simple, yet powerful, and quite tear jerking ways of teaching the importance of remembering to say ‘Please’ and ‘Thank you’, and about how attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference in this world."
"With colourful illustrations, this is a book to share for age three and upwards."
"Jude’s famously intricate illustrations provide a feast for the eyes"