Bonny’s Big Day by James Herriot colorfully tells the story of a work horse who has long been retired and left to graze in a pasture. When the veterinarian-author visits the farm, he suggests to the disheveled owner that he enter the well-loved horse into the pet show at an upcoming fair. The older man resists, insisting that the large animal is not a pet, but shows up at the event with the amazing horse well-groomed and decorated. After being judged against many smaller, adorable animals, the magnificent horse is awarded first prize then returned to her grassy home to live out her days.
Pros: A gentle-reading story that can help children to see that people and animals may be diamonds in the rough.
Cons: If you don’t have and don’t want a pet, I wouldn’t read this book to a child, as this book will encourage them to desire an animal to love.
Age Range: 3-8
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