A Donkey’s Age of Patience
Queer Characters. London & New York: Cassell, Petter & Galpin, ca. 1868.
This trans-Atlantic picture book features marvelous color lithographed plates of anthropomorphic animals. Here is Doctor Donkey conducting a school room with pupils including pert Miss Poll, well-dressed Elephant, and Piggy (sporting a dunce cap). The witty accompanying poem explains that although Donkey is short on formal education he is long on patience, and it is ultimately his patience that commands his pupils’ attention.