Beasts of Burden

Peter de Sève girl donkey

  • What do you think is happening here?
  • Why is the donkey following the girl?
  • Who do all of the things on its back belong to?
  • How is the girl feeling? Why?
  • Where are they going? Where have they come from?
  • What do you know about the girl? Use the details in the picture.
  • Do you think there is a message behind this picture? Consider both the title and the image.
  • Have the children across the road seen the girl and the donkey? Why don’t they look surprised?
  • Do you think the girl has a home? Where does she live?
  • If you had to leave home, what would you take with you? Why?
  • Have you ever wanted to run away from home?
  • Do you know of any fictional characters who have run away from home? What happened?

Credit: Peter de Sève

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