“Perfect Picture Book” Friday

Thunder Horse

Written by:  Eve Bunting

Illustrated by:   Dennis Nolan

Published by:    Roaring Brook Press (November 14, 2017)

Ages:    3 – 6 years

Theme:   love, letting go, magic

Opening Lines:   My Aunt Aldora gave me a tiny horse, no bigger than a puppy. He was pure white and perfect in every way.

Synopsis:   from amazon… When a girl receives a small horse from her aunt, she doesn’t quite know what to do with it. It turns out that this horse is a very special horse: it has wings.

As the horse grows and grows, so does the girl’s love for it, but as everyone knows, sometimes you have to let go of those you love so they can grow in their own way. But you can always hope they come back to you someday.

 Why I like this:  Growing up I was a huge horse fan. Anything from ornaments to books on horses was always found on my dresser. I would have loved to own a horse and even more I would have loved to have come across this book.  From the gorgeous cover and the amazing realistic illustrations inside you knew this was a magical story. I think it is every girls wish to own a beautiful horse, but one that grew wings and carries you on his back in the dead of night is something only dreams are made of. Because of the whimsical text and detailed full page illustrations one can overlook its’ slightly longer wording. This is a story many will want to keep.

Eve is an award winning author of over 200 books with such awards as the Golden Kite, the Pen and the Edgar Awards. Her book Fly Away Home received the “Heal the World Award.”


Youtube reading…   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0D8p67rNObE

Author Bio..   http://evebuntingstudy.weebly.com/eb-bio.html

Listen to the author talking about her life and books…   https://www.readingrockets.org/books/interviews/bunting

Info on the illustrator..  https://www.rmichelson.com/illustration/dennis-nolan/

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About Diane Tulloch

Known also as the Patientdreamer I am a writer who loves to dream, and is passionate about writing stories for the young so that they may join me in the wonders of adventure in countries and cultures afar, and in special moments to remember.
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15 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book” Friday

  1. Darlene says:

    This book sounds delightful. Little girls will love it!!

  2. Pamela Harrison says:

    What a beautiful book! I love anything written by Eve Bunting.

  3. Diane, I love the cover. I still am a “horse-crazy girl”! And I adore Eve Bunting’s books, so this is a win-win. I think I’ve seen it before, but am excited to revisit it when my library reopens.

  4. Learning to let go is an important concept for children and parents, don’t you think? This sounds like a lovely book, one that I’ll add to my TBR list. Thanks for featuring, Diane!

  5. What a beautiful story with a tad of magic. Love the illustrations! I would have loved this book as a child. I was very much like you Diane, until a horse reared and almost came down on my baby sister. Scared me. Our granddaughter is living my dream and own her own horse. At 14, she’s quite the horsewoman. Since she’s home and her dad has the horse in their barn, I’m going to watch her ride in a few weeks.

  6. Sue Heavenrich says:

    I was a horse-crazy girl – and most of all I wished for a horse with wings. How did I miss this book? Thanks for sharing it.

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