Malachy Doyle, Author, Angelo Rinaldi, Illustrator , illus. by Angelo Rinaldi. S&S/McElderry $16.99 (0p) ISBN 978-1-4169-2467-8

As in their previous pairing for Cow , Doyle and Rinaldi offer a spare text and panoramic paintings to describe the life of a farm animal. The illustrations in this oversize book are stunning as they depict the seasons, from the mare waiting for her foal to be born until the following spring, when a girl “puts a head collar over [the yearling's] warm, silken nose” and dreams of riding him “over the hill and all the way to the sea.” The photo-realistic oil paintings of the countryside are drenched in sunlight, awash with billowing, John Constable clouds, and startling in their rendering of the sparkling snow; the book tells as much about the beauty of ever-changing nature as it does about horses. The quiet text, only a sentence or two per page, adds to the book's serene tone, giving readers more time to peruse the elegant paintings. Ages 5–9. (June)

Reviewed on: 06/16/2008
Release date: 06/01/2008
Hardcover - 25 pages - 978-0-689-83503-2
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-1-4169-1103-6
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