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The No More Night Mares: A Dream of Freedom

by Dawn Van Zant

In The No More Night Mares: A Dream of Freedom, the author of I Sea Horses is back to spin more legendary horse stories. In this tale, Eclipse, a fiery wild stallion, faces the challenge of protecting his herd from the ultimate threat: man. In legendary fashion, Eclipse is helped at his most desperate moment through the intercession of "the magic of the moon and the stars in the sky." It helps his herd to become "the night mares" and they can be wild and free forever.

This book will be appreciated by young children with a strong interest in horses. Preschoolers will probably have a hard time with this book because there are not enough pictures per page to hold their interest through the lengthy text. Several spreads have no pictures at all other than a grey-blue background and multicolored stars in the corners.

The horse illustrations by Kim McElroy are beautiful and very realistic. However, as is the trademark of Wild Heart Ranch books, the pictures are cropped into shapes that reflect the overall story, in this case, stars. The cropping left me wanting to see the whole picture so I could better place myself in the landscape of the story. As is, the physical medium of the book is ever present and doesn't allow the reader to become fully encapsulated in the story. Therefore, I feel that the picture book aspect of the book is not explored fully enough but the text would make a good early chapter book.

Overall, this is a nice imaginative horse story for children. The back cover provides several websites that will help children get more information about wild horses. The story itself weaves a fun legend that children will remember for a lifetime.

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