Holly Hobbie is the author/illustrator of the Toot & Puddle series. The two friends are adorable.
The author shares a childhood memory in Everything but the Horse. As a young girl, she moves to the country, a farm full of potential. Hollie loved raising the animals. The only creature missing on the farm was a horse. She watched the neighbors ride their horses and would pet them in the fields. Hollie dreamed. The farm had the barn, hay, bridle, but her family was not in favor.
The love of horses spurred Hollie into drawing them She went to the library, researched in books, and taught herself to draw horses.
Hollie’s birthday finally came. her surprise was waiting in the barn. At this point in my reading, I was just as anxious as Hollie. Was she getting her horse? Was her dream coming true?
Savorings for reading and in writing for Everything but the Horse:
- Character emotion
- Exploding the moment
- Passage of time
- Perseverance – Holly’s dream spurred her to better herself through drawing.