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If I Had a Horse
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Roaring Brook Press, January 2018
If I Had a Horse is an inspiring, self-reflective picture book with simple text and gorgeous, impressionistic artwork from acclaimed author-illustrator Gianna Marino. "If I had a horse, he might be shy, like me. But if I stayed quiet, he'd learn to be my friend. I would have to tame him. I would have to be strong, like him. And he would have to be gentle, like me. And together, we could do anything." Marino's vibrant, silhouetted art brings to life this picture book about understanding, stepping beyond boundaries, and bravery.
".....Readers will almost feel the wind in their hair and hear the thunder of hooves as they are inspired to pursue their dreams. Beautiful."
— Kirkus, starred

"...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

"...An invigorating opportunity for individuals or groups to participate in a glorious moment—inside out.."
— School Library Journal

"...the girl transforms from a timid child to a confident one...This idyllic picture-book reverie will captivate children who dream of horses."
— Booklist
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