The Summer Wears Donkey´s Ears (1984)

The Summer Wears Donkey´s Ears (1984)
Books for youth

Eleven-year-old countryboy Dusan inherits a donkey from his grandfather. Dusan´s mother, a nurse who is particular about things such as cleanliness, order and a trim garden doesn´t want the donkey in her household. Her decision is firm: “The donkey has to go!” Fortunately, Dusan meets Johanna, a girl from Prague. Johanna is full of ideas. Both children spend a lot of time together and go through many adventures to find a good home for the old donkey. Their ideas are zany sometimes, in particular the one of painting the donkey white in order to make him look more attractive for a fair. In the end they manage to get the donkey to Dusan´s father who doesn´t live with his family. He travels with a circus and takes the old donkey. Finally the animal is safe and also Dusan´s complicated relationship with his father is resolved.

Der Sommer hat Eselsohren – German – Beltz und Gelberg 1984
Červenec má oslí uši – Czech – Albatros 1995
Ages 11 up
The book was on the 1985 List of Best German Childrens´Books; it was also awarded the prize of the Albatros publishing house in Prague.

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Curriculum Vitae

Born 1953 in Olomouc, Czechoslovakia. Has lived and worked in Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic   1972 Graduation from Neruda Grammar School in Prague. Not allowed to enrol at…

List of awards and other distinctions

  The Summer Wears Donkey´s Ears * The book was on the 1985 List of Best German Children´s Books; it was also awarded The Prize of the Czech Publisher Albatros 1996. The Season of…