Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Eve Bunting
Illustrator: Dennis Nolan
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
The tale begins when a young girl's aunt brings her a tiny magical horse from a Greek island. She is told the horse is magic and because magic cannot be contained, he will leave someday. Days pass and the horse grows and grows. He grows wings and she calls him Pegasus and flies through the night sky above her school and apartment on his back! When the time comes for him to go, she is not sad but thanks him for staying with her so long. And sometimes, she can see him among the stars or tapping at her bedroom window for one more night ride.
This enchanting tale is what little girl dreams are made of. Dreamy illustrations fill each page with wonder and imagination and the sense that magical things can last forever in our hearts. While it is enjoyable as a simple story, lasting concepts can also be discussed. The idea that some things must be let go so we can learn and grow is at the root of the story, but it also suggests that we never really lose the things we love. It is a classic that is sure to be read and re-read over and over.