Friday, January 6, 2023

Book Review: Penny the Horse, of Course!

Happy Friday! Do you have any planns for this weekend? I'm hoping to start a bullet journal (more on that later) and really finish up 2022 stuff and clear out my office to start fresh stuff for 2023. I'm actually kind of excited about it. 

To start though, lets look at this cute children's picture book. 

Penny the Horse, of Course!

Tatiana Christie

Being different isn't always easy, especially if you're the only pig on a horse farm. Still, Penny doesn't let that discourage her! Determined to make friends, she decides that all she needs to do is find a way to fit in better with her pals. By the time all is said and done, she will be as good as a horse herself!

When nothing she tries seems to make her any more popular in the stables, Penny worries she'll never be happy on the farm. But with a little love and understanding, the horses soon help her see that she's perfect just the way she is, and that there's room for everyone...of course!
If you're looking for a book to help a kiddo who doesn't quite feel like they fit in, this is a perfect pick for your home or classroom library. 

We have Penny, the lone piggie on a farm full of horses. Penny wants to fit in and feel like one of the horses, so she does everything she can to be one of them. She's not successful of course, and she's sad. The horses like Penny just fine the way she is, so they set out to showing her. It's a great story about learning to love yourself just the way you are, an important lesson for all children to learn as soon as they can, and while it's OK wanting to fit in, you shouldn't change who you are for the approval of others. I love the lesson of inclusion, including others who aren't like you because you might have lots in common and could be great friends. 

I loved the illustrations in this book, Lucy (my six year old) was a big fan of the book as a whole. (She also asked if we can get a pet pig, so.... guess what she wants for her birthday, in August.) The book is humorous and it kind of reminds me of the Thelma, the Unicorn books. I like the clever way to teach a lesson by using a fun story, cute animals, and some humor. Also, reading this book out loud has a nice rhythm to it, so if you're using this as a read-aloud it flows smoothly. I also liked the opportunities throughout to change your voice and make it a silly read, that's my favorite kind of picture book! 

Thank you to Red Clover Digital and author Tatiana Christie for having me on this tour and providing a copy for review. 

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