Diamond & Sky by Marilyn Hoobler, 44 pages.
As a horse crazy young girl, this would have been on my shelf right next to Misty of Chincoteague. It is a wonderful pre-chapter book about a mom teaching her young sons about horses and riding. The family has two ponies, Diamond & Sky, and the mama gently instructs the youngest boy Judah while his brothers are out playing football. When Diamond becomes ill, they work together to nurse him back to health. Besides being an enjoyable story, it is also a great lesson in the work that goes into caring for a horse. This book succeeds because it shows the realities of owning and tending to an animal as well as a showing a family working together.
The only other book I can think of of comparing it to is one of our family favorites, Billy & Blaze: A Boy and His Horse by CW Anderson. It has the same classic and timeless feeling - due in part to the simple and lovely pencil illustrations.
A former science teacher, Marilyn Hoobler lives in Maryland with her husband and six children, keeps horses (and a variety of other animals) and is currently working on another book. Her first book, Sam the Tail Up Dog is also available through Amazon. Thank you to Marilyn for providing a review copy.
Do you have a favorite animal storybook? Do tell.