Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? Arno had a brown and black horse that he took everywhere – until he lost it. His friends look high and low, retracing Arno’s steps to familiar stores, the Australian bush, and the sports field. The little horse is nowhere to be found. Arno dreams of his grandpa, the deceased artist who carved the horse. As he dreams, Arno is inspired to look for the horse along the riverbed where his grandpa used to ride. He remembers his grandpa as the virile and capable man he used to be. Arno races into the moonlit night and finds his horse, a little battered but ready to be loved, and that was all that mattered. The rich, earth-toned gouache and watercolor illustrations highlight the beauty of the Australian bush and Arno’s loving community.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? Young readers who are grieving the loss of a family member may take comfort in this loving story.
Who should buy this book? Elementary and public libraries
Where would you shelve it? Picture books or grief collection
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No, however, it is a comforting story.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Linda Broderick, Lincoln Street Elementary School, Northboro, MA
Date of review: 3/23/2021