When Ernest the donkey scratches his back against the pole of a birdhouse, the resident bluebirds guide him to a tree trunk, ending the violent shaking of their home and earning his appreciation.
Just as they were waking, the bluebirds' house shook so much they were knocked about. Was it an earthquake? Chipper cautiously peered about, and saw Ernest scratching his hips against the birdhouse pole. Chipper suggests the donkey find another scratching post, The fence and the ladder would not do, but a tree trunk was found to be suitable. The grateful donkey offers soft new hay as thanks. This is a sweet, slow-moving story, with a positive message of neighborly cooperation.
A vain show horse slowly accepts the friendly overtures of a donkey named Ernest, giving him the justice he deserves
Ernest was just too scruffy and tiny for Twist, the newly arrived show horse. With nothing else to do, Twist vainly follows Ernest's tour of the farm, seeing the animals, the cool stream, the beautiful pasture, the barn and the feed. Ernest even figures out how to scratch an itch for Twist, and Twist realizes that Ernest is a decent little guy, worthy of friendship. And so it should be, that respect is born of character, not position.