Everything But the Horse by Holly Hobbie


Everything But the Horse by Holly Hobbie

This gorgeous, resonant tale is a sweet recollection from Holly's childhood about her love affair with horses. When Holly's family moves from the city to the countryside, she's scared of this new world at first - but gradually comes to loves the animals she encounters and draws the horses in the local pastures obsessively, hinting to her parents what she wants more than anything. When she finds a bike in the barn for her birthday instead of a horse, she learns to love what is hers no matter what could've been. Written with a lighthearted touch and a bucolic sense of the countryside, Holly has tapped into a rich and nostalgic look that hearkens back to the artwork that first made her famous decades ago.


* Hobbie offers an affecting yet never sentimental memoir... [that] perfectly balances realistic watercolor renderings... with comical spot illustrations of herself and her mischievous brothers.... The joyful surprise ending may puzzle younger readers, but adults will recognize the authenticity of a youthful change of heart.

About the Author

Holly Hobbie has worked as an artist for more than thirty years and is the author of ten previous and highly acclaimed Toot & Puddle picture books, as well as Fanny, Fanny & Annabelle and an illustrated memoir, The Art of Holly Hobbie.

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32 pages
Interest Age: from 5 to 7


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Publication date

4th November 2010



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