"A long, long time ago, there was a faraway land."
So begins the engaging and thoughtful story of mythical and vibrant friends, who happen to be horses.
"The horses called this magical land their own. They played in the grass, ate the sweet, colored flowers, and drank the cool, refreshing water.
No one knows why, but the strangest thing began to happen in this magical land.
Some say it began with the pink horses, others say it was the blues, but before long only the young horses of the same color were playing together."
A thoughtful fable to be enjoyed by children and adults alike, the story is presented in beautiful language with colorful illustrations, and offers a hopeful view of the benefits of tolerance and acceptance.
Every so often, I fall in love with a book. It’s a long time between books that I love. One has landed in my inbox to read online and I have a copy on my desk. The book is The Magnificent Land of the Multi-Colored Horses.
The book is written by Ken Barry and illustrated by Patti Barry—two very talented people! They are expecting their first multiracial grandchild. The story is about a lovely land that was the home to beautiful horses of all different colors. They got along and all was well. Then the horses suddenly began to “hang out” only with horses whose colors were the same as theirs. Things got pretty tense between the different groups. You will have to read the book to see what happens!
The Magnificent Land of the Multi-Colored Horses is targeted for preschool through fourth grade children, but I think this story should be in every home and library. It’s for every age. The writing is clear, yet the descriptions of the horses are absolutely lovely. The illustrations are simple, yet they are precisely what they need to be, loving and adorable, and yes, still for every age.