If I Had a Horse by Gianna Marino

Published by Roaring Brook Press

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Summary:  A girl imagines what it would be like to have a horse.  At first, both she and the horse would be shy, but gradually they would become friends and learn to work together.  She pictures the horse helping her to make friends with other horses and their riders, but still keeping their own unique identities.  By the end of the book, the girl is visualizing herself standing on the horse’s back, fearless enough to do anything.  The illustrations are all in silhouette, with the dark figures of the horse and girl against a watercolor background that goes from the pink of early morning to the purple of twilight.  40 pages; ages 3-8.

Pros:  The unique illustrations are Caldecott-worthy, and the brief text is inspiring.

Cons:  Readers expecting a “horse-ier” book may be disappointed.

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