ONE HORSE WAITING FOR ME by Patricia Mullins


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From Mullins (Dinosaur Encore, 1993, etc.) comes a collection of factual and fabled horses ready to be counted. Wisps of tom tissue paper form the surrounding clouds, skies, and grasses against which are placed a myriad of unidentified Arabians, Appaloosas, work, rocking, and carousel horses, circus performers, Pegasus-like flying horses, and ""sea"" horses in numbers from one through twelve. A single rhyming line corresponds with each bold-faced numeral. Textured Japanese papers with visible threads are layered to promenade horses swimming amidst a moon-surfaced sea, flying through semi-transparent isinglass clouds or ""running wild and free,"" flaunting flying manes. Fossi-like impressions of stars and snowflakes lend an ethereal atmosphere to the fantasy spreads. Less useful as a counting book for the toddler set, and lacking names, captions, and labels for the more equine-inclined, this picture book will find its audience in pre-reading horse enthusiasts, who will be happy to absorb Mullins's many renderings of this much-loved beast.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1998
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster