Title: The Night Horses
Author: Anaka Jones
Publisher: CreateSpace (February 26, 2013)
Page Count: 28
About the Book:
In "The Night Horses" 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.
My daughter and I just loved reading this story together. These are the types of stories I love sharing with my children. First of all, stories about animals always go over well with kids. What I appreciated about this book was how much my daughter laughed at how silly the horses were when they were awake at night. My daughter even started to imagine what our animals might do at night after we go to sleep. This book was a great read for all children but I would say it will especially be of interest to children who love horses.