Most little girls go through a horse stage similar to little boys and their vehicle stage. If I had heard about Gallop-o-Gallop by Sandra Alonzo [J 811.6 ALO] when I went through my horse stage, I would have put it on my Christmas list! Gallop-o-Gallop is a book of poetry about horses and nothing but horses! It consists of twenty-one poems about horse temperment ("Horse Talk"), horsemanship ("Horse Grooming"), imaginary horses ("Bedtime Book"), horse life stages ("The Birth"), and pure horse JOY ("Buckin' Bronco").
Rather than continue to gush, I'll let the title poem convince you to give it a read:
Singing-o-singing-o-singing a song.
Swift over hills, carry me there
The wind on my face
the sky in my hair.
Gallop-o-gallop-o-gallop so fast
A trail so long, a journey so vast.
We travel as one, bound to the end
My horse is my heart
my horse is my friend.
The illustrations by Kelly Murphy, done in watercolor, acrylic, and gel medium on paper, add a tone of moodiness (not in a bad way).
The Poetry Friday Round-Up this week is being held at Becky's Book Reviews.