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If I Had a Horse

"If I had a horse, I would bring him the biggest apple I could find. He might be shy. Like me. But if I stayed quiet, he would learn to be my friend.... If I had a horse, we would be brave together." In this inspiring picture book, a little girl's wistful longing for a horse becomes a metaphor the traits it takes to make dreams come true. With her horse by her side, she could be brave, wild, disciplined, trusting... everything she needs to make her place in the world.

Simple text and gorgeous, impressionistic artwork from acclaimed author-illustrator Gianna Marino create a vibrant, glowing world for this girl and her dream horse, full of freedom, joy, and the wind in their hair.

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"In a wistful and hopeful voice, a girl imagines the possibilities that could come from having a horse. The two could learn from each other ('I would have to be strong. Like him. He would have to be gentle. Like me') and, after getting to know each other, become friends ('We would explore places we’ve never been').... Marino’s silhouettes should make it easy for readers to imagine themselves in the story, a contemplative tribute to children’s deeply felt desires for a pet and how one’s imagination can almost bring those fantasies to life." — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 4 - 8
Author Gianna Marino
Illustrator Gianna Marino
ISBN 1626729085
Publication Date Jan 30, 2018
Publisher Roaring Brook Press
Language English