FC: Favorite Donkey and the Magic Bubble Wand Written and Illustrated by April Pierce
1: For Tanner, who reminded me how fun it is to dream and draw again, and the little donkey he loved so much that he became real.
2: It was a dreary day outside as Favorite Donkey watched his best friend, Tanner, leave for school. He told his mama sadly, "I am bored and lonely." Mama donkey responded kindly, "little pumpkin pie, you have the best imagination of anyone I know! I am sure you will think of something to do." Just that moment, a wonderful idea popped into Favorite Donkey's head. He ran to his room, where he kept his magic bubble wand tucked safely under his pillow.
3: He pulled the bubble wand out and thought very hard about what he wanted most. He closed his eyes and he blew and he blew, until a magical world full of giant dandelion fluffs appeared.
4: Next, Favorite Donkey decided that he would like to do some sorting. He blew and he blew, until his room was full of buttons. He stacked them and tossed them and made amazing pictures with them.
5: Then, Favorite Donkey thought he might like some little bug friends to play with. He blew and he blew, until his room was full of creepy crawly bugs. He gently petted the woolly bear caterpillars, and he thought to himself, "how can anyone not love these little guys?"
6: Favorite Donkey then felt his tummy start to rumble, and he decided it was time for a snack. He closed his eyes and he blew and he blew, until he was surrounded by cupcakes and giant lollipops. He dove in and nibbled on all the goodies.
7: Feeling full and sticky, Favorite Donkey decided it was time for a new world. He blew and he blew, until he was surrounded by bubbles and rubber duckies. He swam until he noticed his nose was starting to look like a prune, so it was time to get out.
8: It took no time at all for Favorite Donkey to think of another fun idea. He blew and he blew, until his room was full to the tippy top with fluffy feathers for him to jump in.
9: Favorite Donkey thought of another world he would love to play in. He blew and he blew, until a world full of road work appeared in front of him. It was full of colorful signs, and he had a wonderful time pretending to be a construction worker.
10: After Favorite Donkey had played in his room for quite a long time, he really started to miss his best friend, Tanner. He ran outside to see if Tanner was home yet, and he heard the most wonderful sound! Tanner's school bus was rumbling down the street to bring him home.
11: Favorite Donkey ran to hug his best friend, and he was so excited to see him, he didn't even notice that he dropped his magic bubble wand. He didn't really need it anymore, though, because he had Tanner again, and what more could he really wish for than that?