"This is a joyful book about sharing and imagination – simply drawn in a palette of mainly natural colours one would find in nature"
It seems very infrequently that we in the UK get to see beautiful, and different, picture books from around the world. Happily, in this case, Elsewhere Editions have published In the Meadow of Fantasies originally from Iran.
A young girl is imagining whilst looking out of her window – and sees seven horses in the meadow. These are all different colours and all live in different places – except the seventh – which has no colour and no home. The six horses each share their colours and homes so that the seventh horse has many homes and all the colours of the others. Then they also share their wonderful dreams and fantasies with the seventh horse – so the horse has much to share with its foal when it is born.
This is a joyful book about sharing and imagination – simply drawn in a palette of mainly natural colours one would find in nature. Lots of illustrations have no words attached to them allowing the reader to concentrate on imagining what is happening. The sparse text has a poetic feel complementing the imagination and fantasy theme of the book.
Sharp eyed readers will discover the inspiration for the images at the end of the book! A wonderful opportunity to read a work in translation and appreciate the worldwide message that we all need fantasies and imagination.