Perfect Horsey Picture Book Friday

Today, Im presenting my own special version of Susanna Leonard Hills Perfect Picture Book Friday.  Mine is called Perfect Horsey Picture Book Friday!  Actually, lets make it three Perfect Horsey Picture Books because I could not choose just one.  I buy a lot of picture books for my kids and, I admit, Im often drawn to the ones involving horses and ponies.  I use these books as inspiration for what I want to achieve in my writing.  More importantly, my kids (ages 3 and 5), love to listen to these books over and over again.  So, without further ado here we go!

1.  MY PONY by Susan Jeffers, Disney Hyperion (May 27, 2008)

I love the simplicity of this book, the timeless message, and the dream-like quality of the illustrations.  A must-read for anyone who has ever dreamed of having a horse or pony.

Amazon.com Description:

I want a pony.

I want a pony more than anything in the world.
A little girl who longs for a pony draws pictures of a dappled mare she names Silver, then rides her through a magical countryside in her dreams.  At the heart of Susan Jefferss exquisite picture book lies the idea that in her imagination, a child can journey anywhere and do anything— even fly through the stars on her very own pony

2.  EVERY COWGIRL NEEDS A HORSE, by Rebecca Jani, Dutton Juvenile (February 23, 2010)

This story always reminds me of something my parents would have tried to pull on me giving me a bike for my Birthday and telling me that it is my new horse.  Very clever . . .

Amazon.com Description:

In Every Cowgirl Needs a Horse, Nellie Sue does everything with a western flair. Whether it is cleaning up the animal sty (picking up her stuffed animals) or rounding up cattle (getting the neighborhood kids together for her birthday party), she does it like a true cowgirl. All she really needs is a horse. So when Dad announces at her birthday party, “I got a horse right here for you,” Nellie Sue is excited. But when her horse turns out to be her first bicycle, it will take an imagination as big as Texas to help save the day.

3.  Ponyella, By Laura Numeroff, Hyperion CH (January 18, 2011)

You cant go wrong with the classic Cinderella story retold with a horsey twist!  I confess, my 3 year-old daughter enjoys this book more than I do, but it is fun to read nonetheless.

Amazon.com Description:

Which pony does the diamond horseshoe fit?

In this clever retelling of Cinderella, Ponyella longs to show Princess Penelope her fabulous leaps and jumps at the Tippington 25th Annual Grand Royal Pony Championship. But Plumpkin and Bun Bun, the mean ponies she shares a farm with, say that Ponyellas farm chores make her too dirty to be a champion.
With a little help from Ponyellas fairy godmare, her coat becomes marshmallow white once again, and her mane silky and beautiful. Its love at first sight for Princess Penelope and Ponyella — but what will happen when the magic runs out at noon?
So, there you have it!  Happy Friday and Happy Reading (and writing) (and riding)!