Flash is a donkey with a blue wagon and big ideas for heading on an adventure and collecting odds and ends that he considered "treasure" which caught his eye. When he takes a tumble and crashes his wagon load, a goat, a pig and a hen come to make sure he's okay. They bring Flash to their home to care for him (he has a bump on his head) and we are all entertained by the big personalities portrayed in so few words in this book. The illustrations show a lot of expression. When his new acquaintances have a problem that Flash is able to help solve, he discovers he has made friends. The emphasis of this book is meant to be that caring for others can be a prerequisite to making friends. It does not heavily imply that just because you do something nice for someone they WILL be or ARE your friend for sure. Don't read that far into it, it's a lighthearted kids' story.
At the end of the story is a page with Proverbs 11:30, "The seeds of good deeds become a tree of life; a wise person wins friends." Then there are 2 pages prompting the reader to discuss with the child(ren) how we can be caring toward our friends. My children (ages 4-9) enjoyed this story and so did I. It's a sturdy hardcover book with a dust jacket (but when you take the dust jacket off or lose it, as happens often at our home, the hardcover is full color printed just like the dust jacket is) and the thick pages should stand up to years of use.
In the interest of full-disclosure, I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers for the purpose of reviewing. I was not required to give a positive review; my opinions are genuine.