#PPBF – Edmund Pickle Chin – A Rescue Donkey Story Blog Tour and Giveaway

Today is Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is also the third stop on the blog tour of EDMUND PICKLE CHIN – A DONKEY RESCUE STORY, written by Clara Bowman-Jahn and Susan April Elwood.

I’m honored that I get to review this wonderful brand-new picture book. Please make sure you scroll down to the end of the post – there are special prizes being offered if you visit and comment at all of the stops on the tour and you’ll also find a fun donkey craft for kids.

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Edmund Pickle Chin – A Donkey Rescue Story

Written by Clara Bowman-Jahn and Susan April Elwood

Illustrated by Lynne Bendoly

Publisher: eTreasures Publishing (April 2014)

Ages: 4 and up

Themes:Animal rescue, animal abuse

Synopsis: From eTreasures

Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story is based on a true story. Edmund, the main character, is an abused donkey who is the first of many animals to call Evermay Farm, a small rescue in central Georgia, home. Susan, Edmund’s care giver in the story, not only gives the shy donkey the time and patience he needs but gives him a new name every day of the week. The title takes on one of those nicknames she so lovingly calls him. As Susan starts to take in new critters, Edmund finds himself changing. As his name grows, so does his trust and acceptance. Edmund soon learns that he is not only needed but wanted. This confused, frightened donkey’s life changes as he becomes a hero, a babysitter, and a companion to the other residents at Evermay Farm.”


Why I like this book:

  • Beautiful illustrations
  • Wonderful introduction for young children to the need to care for and be kind to animals
  • Helps children understand that everyone feels strange in a new place…but we get more comfortable as time passes
  • Based on a true story
  • When you can make a non-fiction book appealing to children, you have a winner!

How a parent can use this book:

  • Talk about how people need to be responsible pet owners – what do animals need?
  • How do different animals help us? How should work animals be treated?
  • Visit a local animal shelter
  • Older children can take part in a fundraiser for a local animal shelter


Related Activities:



If you visit my blog often, you’ll know that I love to use paper plates as the base material in crafts for young children.

You will need: 1 paper plate, construction paper, scissors, glue, markers or crayons.

  1. Color the plate gray or brown (depending on the crayon colors available or if desired, your child can paint it).
  2. Cut out the eyes, nose, hair, teeth and ears from construction paper and glue in place.
  3. Use the paper plate as a mask or puppet to role play parts of the story.

For more donkey crafts go here: http://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/donkeys.html


Clara Bowman-Jahn is one of the talented authors of Edmund Pickle Chin.

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Clara Bowman-Jahn worked as a registered nurse for thirty two years finally trading that job for her true love, writing. Clara’s short stories have been published in three anthologies, Campaigner Challenges 2011, The ‘I’ Word and Charms Vol. 2. She is also the author of Annie’s Special Day, a children’s picture book. Her second picture book is a true story, Edmund Pickle Chin, a Donkey Rescue Story.

When Clara is not writing, she volunteers by teaching ESOL to adult students. She also likes Pilates, blogging, reading books and taking long walks with her husband. She is a member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 Picture Book Challenge, Susanna Leonard Hill’s Making Picture Book Magic, Pennwriters, Bethesda Writer’s Center and Round Hill Writer’s Group. She lives in rural Loudoun County, Virginia with her brilliant husband, and two cats. She is the proud mother of two wonderful grown sons and a grandmother to a delightful grandson.


Susan April Elwood is the other talented author of Edmund Pickle Chin.


Susan April Elwood has worked with children for over twenty years in Northern Virginia as a preschool teacher, kindergarten assistant, and a library assistant. With her passion for animals it made perfect sense to combine the two and write an animal story for children, teaming up with author Clara Bowman-Jahn.

Susan and her husband Tom moved from Northern Virginia in 2007 to central Georgia where they founded Evermay Farm, a non-profit rescue for farm animals. This is the setting for the book titled, Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story. The story is based on Edmund, a donkey, the first of many animals to call Evermay Farm home. Susan and her husband Tom have two treasured sons, a wonderful daughter-in-law and a precious grandson. In her free time, Susan enjoys photographing animals and antiquing.

And here’s an important message from Clara…as well as the links to the other stops on the blog tour:

Thanks so much for reading Friends! For all friends of Edmund are my friends. Below please find our links and the tour. Read every post, follow the blog and comment for prizes. The reader who follows each blog and comments on each stop of the tour will get first prize. And if there are many winners, hurray!! We will deliver!


First prize is a print book of both Annie’s Special Day and Edmund Pickle Chin. Second prize is either a print copy of Edmund or of Annie…you get to pick! Finally, third prize is a copy of the ebook of Edmund Pickle Chin, a Donkey Rescue Story.

To find out more about the authors:

For Susan April Elwood:



Face book~ Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story”


Face book ~ “Evermay Farm”



For Clara Bowman-Jahn:



Facebook–  https://www.facebook.com/cbowmanjahn

Facebook – Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Story https://www.facebook.com/pages/Edmund-Pickle-Chin-A-Donkey-Rescue-Story/233625116837649

Here are the links for the blog tour…don’t miss any of them!!!!!

May 26 / animal abuse and mistreatment

Joanna –www.joannamarple.com


May 29/ author collaboration

Stacy – http://www.stacysjensen.com


May 30/ PPBF and review

Vivian – https://viviankirkfield.com/


June 2/ author interview

Erik – www.ThisKidReviewsBooks.com


June 4/ Edmund interview

Patricia – http://childrensbooksheal.com/author/phtilton/


June 9 /teacher info and guide

Susanna – http://susannahill.blogspot.com


To read more awesome picture book reviews, please visit Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog: http://susannahill.blogspot.com/2014/05/perfect-picture-book-friday-red-sings.html


About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever - Mom of 3, educator, author of FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (PomegranateKids, March 15, 2019), PIPPA'S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House, Feb 13, 2019), SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, May 1, 2019); MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD: THE INSPIRING FRIENDSHIP OF ELLA FITZGERALD AND MARILYN MONROE (Little Bee Books, Spring 2020); FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY THE WORLD MOVES (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Fall 2020) picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, fly-fishing, cooking, and playing Monopoly with my young grandson.

Posted on May 30, 2014, in Blog Tour and Giveaway, Edmund Pickle Chin - A Rescue Donkey Story, Perfect Picture Book Friday and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 42 Comments.

  1. I love a rescue story! This sounds adorable. I’m happy I’m not the only one to call my pet by a million different names….


  2. Thanks, Vivian! For being a hostess on Edmunds tour and for the PPBF selection. I guess I”m a little biased when I say I love it…:)


  3. Edmund Pickle Chin just sounds like a great story! I’m all for teaching kids about caring for animals. I do a lot of that when I go to school. Who knew there were so many fun crafts about donkeys?! Thanks for sharing!


  4. Super review, Vivian. And I love your craft activities to go with it.


  5. Sounds like a wonderful experience come to life!


  6. What a neat story AND book. Thanks for sharing! And love those paper plate crafts!


  7. Great review about such an important story of rescue. I love true rescue stories that will help children understand how important it is to take care of animals. Good way to get kids involved in their communities. Edmund looks ornery. Fun donkey craft for kids.


  8. SUPER REVIEW, Clarike. I just knew Edmund would be a winner. Huge congrats, mate. Have pinned the review to Book Reviews (kids to YA) on my Pinterest Board.

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  9. I love Edmund’s nickname! And that paper plate donkey is too cute! Thanks for adding this important book to the list, Erik!


  10. It’s so wonderful that Clar and Susan have highlighted this important issue while giving kids a delightful book to read. The paper plate donkey craft is adorable too!


  11. I love this book! So glad you nominated it for PPBF! 😀


  12. It is so important for kids to know about being kind to animals. Thanks for writing this book Clar and Susan!


  13. Lovely review and for such a beautiful story. Glad you put it up for PPBF. It has such a lovely message about shyness, fitting in, and kindness to animals. Great choice. Laughed at Penny’s comment, mmm I would trade places too. 😉


    • Right-o…let’s all trade…but then, I’m not sure I’d want to go through those difficult teen years again.
      Clar and Susan did a lovely job with the book…it was an important topic to tackle!


  14. I love the title and illustration style of this book! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday! Looking forward to seeing you again this week!


  15. Sounds like a fun book with meaning. Thanks for sharing at Booknificent Thursday


  16. Love the paper plate Edmund face. Kids will have fun with that. All in all, a terrific book that highlights the need to rescue animals in need whenever possible. If children learn this early, they will probably be more responsible pet owners than earlier generations – and reading a wonderful story like Edmond Pickle Chin brings it home to them. YEA!!

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    • Yea! I agree, Margot…it is so important to encourage and teach kids to be responsible pet owners…there are so many neglected/abused/unwanted animals out there now, Clar and Susan did a great job with the book. 🙂


  17. What a sweet story!


  18. Reblogged this on Through the Prairie Garden Gate and commented:
    Edmund Pickle Chin A Donkey Rescue Story By Clara Bowman-Jahn, Susan April Elwood; Illustrator Lynne Bendoly


    • Thanks so very much, Suzy. I appreciate the reblog…and I know Clar and Susan do as well. 😉 Edmund is pretty awesome…and I loved that the book showed how he felt out of place at first…and then, by the end of the story, he is helping others feel more at ease…great lesson for young kids!

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  19. Edmund Pickle Chin! You are so darling. What an important topic to share with children. ~Suzy Leopold


  20. Love your review Vivian. I must have missed this one on the tour – I thought I had answered all of them. Love the paper plate face too. So much kid appeal here. Clarike has topped herself with this one. YEA!!

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