Friday, March 15, 2013
Book Review - The Night Horses
Children's book. Author Anaka Jones imagines the life of a herd of horses as they work, chow, play and turn a farm into their own three-ring circus in “The Night Horses”. In “The Night Horses” (ISBN 1452882789), Anaka Jones creates a playful children’s book that imagines the secret lives of barn horses who chatter, chow, play and work all while their owners are away. Though she is only in sixth grade, Jones has produced a lively book that mixes reality and fantasy to showcase the playful and humorous side of rural life. She invites readers to accompany her to a secret barn party where these animals will play as hard as they work. “The Night Horses” follows the animals’ daily lives. Each morning, the horse herd takes their breakfast at the hay feeder. Mulling around, they exchange gossip and share their plans for the day. There’s May, an old mare whose giddy-up spirit fuels her energetic personality. She wants to challenge Cloud to a race even though she is three times his age. Frisco and Bella are an inseparable married couple, and plenty of young foals timidly hide behind their mothers’ legs amongst the group. After a long day of work, the horses clean up, head to their stalls for dinner, and wait in the barn until their owners head back to the house. With humans out of the picture, the horses get busy creating their own rural night life, effectively turning the farm into their own little three-ring circus. The whimsical nature of Jones’ children’s book allows young readers to tap into their imagination and picture what goes on inside the heads of the animals around them. A perfect story for children who love animals, “The Night Horses” depicts the world of love and companionship to be found among horses and humans.
About the Author
Anaka Jones was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she lives with her parents, two older brothers, two dogs, a lizard and a frog.
My Take on the Book
I was amazed at the ability of this young author. I read this to my girls and they simply loved the story itself, not only because they love horses, but more because it provided a surprise to them, especially as the story went along and it became night. The book itself was well written because you get to know the horses as horses first and then you get to see them in a whole new way. The illustrations were great, and there is a hidden surprise on every page so make sure to look for it! This will be a book that your kids will ask you to read over and over again so be prepared. If this young woman continues, I see great things in her future!
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