Monday, August 18, 2014

The Night Horses by Anaka Jones

The horses may work or frolic all day, but when the sun goes down it is time to party in the barn.  This lovely story is a thumbs up for this young author.  There is definitely a future for her in children's literature if you ask me.  I was so awe struck when I got the book and put the two together.  Any animal lovers will love this book and it is a plus if you are a horse lover.  It is whimsical in nature and the mode, setting, plot are superb.  Jones has budding talent for the art or writing that is for sure.  The book is playfully humorous as well as a mix of reality and fantasy.  It's a party in the barn after a hard days work in the field. I read this to a group of Kindergarteners and 1 graders and they absolutely loved it. 

About the book:
The Night Horses by Anaka Jones
ISBN: 978-1452882789
Publisher: CreateSpace
Date of publish: February 2013
Pages: 28

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.

About the author: 
Anaka Jones is a 12-year-old girl in the sixth grade who was born and raised in the rural area outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she lives with her parents, two older brothers, two dogs, a lizard and a frog. Riding, grooming and maintaining horses is one of her favorite pastimes.

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