Just Horsing Around!

By Karma Wilson

Little, Brown and Company, $16.99, 32 pages

What do horses do in the barn at night when the farmer is fast asleep? Do they rest nicely and snooze away the hours? Karma Wilson gives us a behind-the-scenes look at a farm in her book Horseplay!. Rise and shine, it is time to begin the day. But the farmer notices that the horses have no energy! They sleep all day long. That night the farmer spies on his animals and to his surprise, they are having fun – pure horseplay! They play Hide-and-Seek, Leapfrog and Duck, Duck, Goose. What will the farmer do to help his horses stay awake? Parents will be able to identify with the universal desire children have to stay awake for just a little bit longer for another game. Parents, and the farmer, know how important sleep really is. This delightful, energetic book will keep readers on their toes as the horses frolic around the yard and barn in the middle of the night. Illustrator Jim McMullan uses watercolors to create beautiful, colorful images of frolicking horses. The book is written in rhyme and is a fun one to read aloud.

Reviewed By Elizabeth Franklin

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