Written by the winner of IBBY’s Best Book Award, Mohammad Hadi Mohammadi,In the Meadow of Fantasiesis one girl’s luminous escapade into a land of seven mysterious horses.
A young girl with a physical disability gazes up at a mobile of spinning horses from her little pink bed in her room filled with leafy plants. As she watches them prance about, the tufted snout of a real live horse peeks through her bedroom door. Soon enough, our bright protagonist is off and cantering on an adventure with seven majestic horses. The first six are easily understood: their colors, dreams, families, and origins are described and accompanied with exquisite drawings. The seventh horse, however, is an enigmatic creature with no clear hue or history, a lack that is soon filled in by the loving offerings of the other ponies. A story about dreaming and about caring for others,In the Meadow of Fantasieswill remind young readers of their own reveries and conjure new fantasies of friendly creatures in far off lands.