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PreSchool-Grade 2-This hyperbolic wishing story should appeal to young horse fanciers. Young Jeb sees a stranger on horseback and wishes he had a horse. The stranger winks and a horse appears. It is soon evident that each time Jeb utters the words "I wish," another horse, each one a different color, will appear. Jeb goes from being delighted to horrified as the number of animals mounts up. Desperate, he tries to wear out the spell by uttering wish after wish until he is surrounded by a milling herd. Finally, he wishes that his wishes would just be wishes, and the creatures disappear. This amusing twist on the traditional granted-wish-that-gets-out-of-control motif is greatly enhanced by Sneed's watercolor illustrations of lean and lanky people, an Old West town, and a spirited collection of multicolored mustangs. While Jay Williams's One Big Wish (Macmillan, 1980; o.p.) is an even more satisfying wish-gone-wrong story, young listeners should enjoy this flight of fancy.
Louise L. Sherman, formerly at Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PreS-Gr. 3. While lugging a heavy sack of flour home from the town of Dusty Gulch, Zeb wishes for a horse, and suddenly a buckskin cow pony appears. Following several other seemingly innocent wishes, a palomino, a chestnut mare, a wild-eyed stallion, a nervous pinto, and a bay appear, causing more than a few hard feelings and great confusion among the local merchants. Finally, Zeb tries wishing that his wishes be only wishes--and his life returns to normal. The watercolor artwork is rich in earth-tone hues, and Sneed does a good job of conveying the enormous energy of the horses, especially as they negotiate the close quarters of a homey kitchen and a crowded general store. Also effective are his characters' exaggerated facial expressions, which help to convey the story's humor. This is a good choice for reading aloud and for using as a springboard for discussions of folk sayings such as, "If wishes were horses, beggars might ride." Kay Weisman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (September 30, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618131663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618131662
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,333,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Tornio on October 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is truly a work of art, both in writing and illustrations. This detailed art of Sneed is both gorgeous and imaginative, fitting the text to a T! This is a wonderful story any child would love to read. Every child has dreamed of a horse at one time or another and will surely relate to the story. With Addy's vibrant and comical story telling, both children and adults will be sure to find this book delightful.
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By Nila on April 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This children's book has such a fun story...and makes you think twice about saying, "I Wish" for anything! My favorite part is when the horses end up in the kitchen, but the entire book is an exciting adventure. The illustrations by Brad Sneed are incredible. What a talented artist! Add the story and this book becomes a work of art.

I have given this book as a gift several times and the kids always enjoy it! If you are buying for girls or boys you can't go wrong with this one!
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I love the language and the illustrations of this book. It does what story books are supposed to do, it takes you someplace, someplace else perhaps, and gives you an exciting ride. We purchased this book as a present for a boy who rides in rodeos so we hoped he would enjoy it as much as we did when we borrowed it from the library.
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By M. Heiss on November 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Be careful what you wish for.

This is a great story with a happy ending and breathtaking illustrations. The horses are just beautiful. They become increasingly wild as the boy becomes increasingly desperate to solve his problem.

Enjoy this one! It's a keeper.
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