author: Vivian French
illustrator: Catherine Rayner
Read and Wonder
I have a friend named Catherine, and she has a horse named Shannon. “Come and meet her,” Catherine says.
A little boy isn’t sure if he likes horses, but his friend Catherine assures him that her horse will like him. Shannon is very big, but she’s beautiful, with dark eyes that look at him as if she knows everything there is to know. Catherine patiently teaches the boy how to talk to a horse quietly, how to feed her carrots, how to lead her across a field, even how to blow at her softly to show that he likes her. But is he ready to climb up on Shannon’s back and take a ride? Facts about horses are sprinkled throughout to satisfy inquisitive readers.
Now in paperback, this gentle introduction to horses will appeal to both horse lovers and those who need a little reassurance before jumping into the saddle.