A picture book review by Jean Matthew Hall.
If I Had a Horse by Gianna Marino was published by Roaring Brook Press in 2018.
This picture book took me by surprise. The striking illustrations are almost nondescript. It’s clear they depict a child and a horse. But they also make it clear that it could be any child and any horse at all.
The jacket blurb says the book is about stepping beyond boundaries and bravery.
I can see that if I substitute the word “dream” for the author’s word “horse” in the title and text. So, I think the themes are daring to dream and pursuing those dreams with courage.
If I Had a Horse will be a great conversation starter for dreaming about the future and having the courage to do whatever it takes to accomplish it.