From School Library Journal
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
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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 WeismanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved