Brett, Jan Fritz and the Beautiful Horses G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2016. $17.99 PICTURE BOOK Content: G.
Fritz is a shaggy pony that plays outside the walls of a village known for its beautiful horses. Fritz wishes that kids would ride on his back, but whenever he approaches the town, the townspeople mock his looks. One day when the bridge breaks and separates the parents from their children, Fritz saves the day by transporting the children across the raging river (something the beautiful horses weren’t willing to do). He is acknowledged for his hard work and courage and the townspeople love him.
Jan Brett has fantastic illustrations. This book has a good moral to the story: that courage, kindness and hard work matter more than vanity. If you have a horse lover, this is a good story for them and the horse illustrations won’t disappoint.
EL (K-3) – ADVISABLE. Reviewer, C. Peterson.