If I Had A Horse by Gianna Marino

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An inspiring, self-reflective picture book with simple text and gorgeous, impressionistic artwork from acclaimed author-illustrator Gianna Marino

If I had a horse, he might be shy, like me.
But if I stayed quiet, he’d learn to be my friend.

I would have to tame him. I would have to be strong, like him. And he would have to be gentle, like me.

And together, we could do anything.


Gianna Marino’s vibrant, silhouetted art brings to life this picture book about understanding, stepping beyond boundaries, and bravery.

Gianna Marino has written and illustrated numerous articles for travel and leisure magazines. Her children's books include Zoopa: An Animal Alphabet (Chronicle Books 2005), One Too Many (Chronicle Books 2010), Meet Me at the Moon (Viking 2012), Too Tall Houses (Viking 2012), and Following Papa's Song (Viking 2014). Though she still wanders the world, Gianna now lives in Northern California and works full-time writing and illustrating. Her first book for Roaring Brook Press, A Boy, A Ball, and A Dog was praised by Kirkus Reviews as “a glad frolic, perfect for a windy day." If I Had A Horse is her second book for Roaring Brook Press.

What folks are saying:

A Boy, A Ball, and A Dog:

"A glad frolic, perfect for a windy day." —Kirkus Reviews

"A lovely book to pore over, with engaging art." —School Library Journal

"Marino (Night Animals) evokes an experience that’s growing rarer—one in which child and animal share deep intimacy, and have time to share that’s all their own." —Publishers Weekly

  • hardcover
  • 40 pages
  • Ages 4 to 8

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