Prather’s Pick: When a horse meets dog
This week’s picture book for children is a funny story about a horse and dog that happen to meet up and end up “exploring” their differences. “Horse Meets Dog” was written by Elliott Kalan and illustrated by Tim Miller. The book is intended for children age 4 to 8.
When the two animals meet, the first observation of the small yellow dog in the story is that the other animal is very big. The other animal, a white horse, thinks the dog is very small. (Keep in mind, neither animal knows the identity of the other.) The horse thinks the dog is a tiny baby, so he sits down and tries to feed the “wittle cutie tiny baby” from a baby bottle filled with hay. The illustration is hilarious.
Of course, the dog doesn’t like the hay at all. With a “blech!” sound, he spits it all up.
The dog says he isn’t small. Besides, the horse has weird-looking feet and no paws. What happened to his paws?
The horse gets back at the dog by criticizing his hair. The horse looks at himself in a mirror as he brushes his mane. Besides that, the horse says the dog’s tail sticks up while it should hang down, like a gorgeous hair waterfall.
The dog takes a look at himself in a mirror. He imagines himself with a mane and flowing tail — it’s ridiculous. Even the horse’s imaginative picture of the dog is weird. Both are in agreement — the mane and flowing tail aren’t for the dog.
Next, the two animals exchange gifts. The dog gets a little saddle, and the horse insists he try it on. He says it’s in case a tiny person wants to take a ride. The horse insists having somebody sit in the saddle is a lot of fun. Besides that, after a ride, he gets a bucket of oats. You can imagine how that idea sets with the dog.
The horse’s gift from the dog is a little ball. The dog tries to explain how much fun it is to fetch. He demonstrates. The horse is not impressed. Neither animal likes his gift.
The horse asks the dog what kind of horse he is. The dog asks the horse what kind of dog he is. It isn’t long before things escalate to a shouting match. The story ends with a twist.
This is a funny book kids will enjoy a lot!
“Horse Meets Dog” is published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers. It is a 2018 book that can be found with other new books in the children’s room at the Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries. The hardcover book costs $17.99.
When we’re not cooking something on the grill, it’s great to be able to whip up nutritious casseroles for summer dinners. This week’s column features two casserole recipes. I make “Skillet Beef–a-Roni” often. I don’t keep the ingredients for the other casserole on hand so don’t make it as often.