A Horse Named Steve – Kelly Collier

    A Horse Named Steve – Kelly Collier, Kids Can Press, (9781771387361), 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  3

Genre:   Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  A buck-toothed horse named Steve is a fine horse who dreams of being exceptional.  One day he finds a golden horn in the forest, ties it to his head and feels it makes him exceptional.  He trots off to show it off to all his friends. But when the horn slips from Steve’s head to hang under his chin he panics.  Seeing it’s reflection in the water, Steve jumps in and loses the horn.   Soon all the forest animals show up with various items tied to their heads – a stick, an acorn, a leaf.  Steve, now horn-less tells them “All of you look exceptional…But I just realized that I look exceptionally different!”  The book ends with the text, “Steve, He is such a trendsetter, this guy.”  The two-tone illustrations of black and beige are filled with humor.  This is a story that illustrates the idea of individuality and being comfortable in one’s own skin.

Anything you didn’t like about it?   No.

To whom would you recommend this book?    This story would work well in a unit on confidence and being one’s self.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries

Where would you shelve it?   Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 4/18/17             

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