The three horses Jack, Max, Lax and their friend Donkey are back!
In Horse Valley, it’s a perfect day to go kite flying. Jack, Max, Lax, and Donkey decide to get creative by putting together their own homemade kites. However, Donkey’s kite doesn’t work. No matter how hard he tries to get it to fly, it just keeps tumbling to the ground. How will poor Donkey get his kite to fly? A friendly goose named Gusty is delighted to help him out.
In this Horse Valley Adventure, Donkey learns not to give up when all seems hopeless. The friends all learn a lesson about helping others and true friendship.
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Donkey’s Kite is the second book in the Horse Valley Adventure Series. It is a very cute book about learning to work together. When donkey has trouble making his kite, his friends chip in and help him make the best kite ever! The characters in this story are easy for children to relate to. Since they all have unique personalities, children will find themselves in one of the main characters. The illustrations in the book are ones that your children will find inspiration in, as they are done in a style that children can imitate. You’ll find something new each time you look at the illustrations, so look carefully!
Guest Post from the Author
Fantasy rekindles the sense of wonder and awe that you had as a kid. You can enter a world where anything can happen, and you come back to the real world more positive and ready to take on life. What is the reason why so many people love Disneyland? Because it is a fantasy land where you can escape reality for a day or more and just have fun. Through fantasy, you can make dreams become a reality and bring life to the most bizarre or fantastical creatures.
Writing fantasy can be like being a little kid playing with your toys. You can enter any world that you want to, and it’s a world that is only limited by your imagination. I could never imagine as a little kid growing up and not playing with my toys anymore. How could adults do it? Don’t they miss it? Don’t they get bored? Then, as I grew up, I came to a beautiful realization, I had my fictional characters that I could play pretend with, putting them through crazy adventures that I used to do with my toys as a kid. I could still create worlds where what is considered impossible could be made possible.
Writing fantasy is like letting a horse loose into a wide open meadow, you can go anywhere and do anything that you please. However, what’s wonderful about it is that some of the best fantasy stories are grounded in reality, and have relatable characters and situations. You can find characters that you connect to and can learn so much from these made-up worlds.
About Author Liana-Melissa Allen
Liana-Melissa Allen is a young author and illustrator of children’s books and books for youth. She has written, illustrated and published six books. Her most recent one is the colorfully illustrated children’s book “Donkey’s Kite”, the second book of “A Horse Valley Adventure” series. The first was “The Three Little Horses and the Big Bully Donkey”. The lovable cartoon characters, Max, Lax, Jack and Donkey makes them a favorite of first and second grade students. She is now working on her third book of “A Horse Valley Adventure”.
The magical world of fantasy has inspired Liana’s imagination since as long as she can remember. Part of this was fueled by her dad reading aloud to her every day when she was younger. As a result, reading is her primary passion along with music. These two passions feed her imagination into stories and drawings, which she joyously sketches out into storyboards for a potential book.
Liana-Melissa is also a dedicated classical/jazz pianist, and mostly enjoys older music, especially from the big band era and the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s. While playing the piano, her imagination often leads to a great amount of improvising. Frequently, Liana will improvise a theme for one of the stories she is writing. Capturing this improvised music became a priority, which ultimately resulted in theme music for “A Horse Valley Adventure”. The “Horse Valley” theme will be used for a short animated video featuring her Horse Valley characters.