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In The Meadow Of Fantasies (Hardback)
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In The Meadow Of Fantasies (Hardback)

(author), (illustrator), (translator)
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Hardback 42 Pages / Published: 18/11/2021
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A young girl with a physical handicap 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. A story about dreaming and about caring for others, In the Meadow of Fantasies will remind young readers of their own reveries and conjure new fantasies of friendly creatures in far off lands.

Publisher: Archipelago Books
ISBN: 9781939810908
Number of pages: 42
Dimensions: 286 x 220 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Not a folktale, not a poem, not a dream, but some whirling mixture of the three, this lulling recitation by Iranian author Mohammadi affirms generosity as a natural impulse . . . Repeating phrases and softly amusing drawings give this imaginative realm of loving-kindness a gossamer touch." -Publishers Weekly

"This fantastical adventure draws readers in with lyrical text and mesmerizing illustrations. Each page turn reveals a new layer of fantasy . . . Deft composition pairs slightly rough, stonelike textures with exquisite details . . . Though the story is ultimately joyous, there's an emotionally compelling sense of longing that thrums just under the surface."-Kirkus Reviews

"In the Meadow of Fantasies is bursting with warmhearted inspiration. Most likely this book will comfort in many ways. As a bedtime story, as a tale for horse lovers everywhere, as a companion in the question-laden wonder years of childhood, as a stunning example of where imaginations lead."- Cindy Helms, New York Journal of Books

"Delicate pen-and-ink drawings filled with watercolor wash relate a dreamy story of a little girl confined to bed . . . The girl's legs are encased in splints, but a spinning mobile of horses overhead provides comfort and diversion . . . I especially enjoyed the animals arrayed at a dinner table with plates of grass, each with their fanciful dreams erupting from the heads." ."-Youth Services Book Reviews

"Between the captivating art, the lyrical narration, and the fantastical story, readers will be swept away into a little girl's wonderland . . . In the Meadow of Fantasies is an ode to imagination and a celebration of beautiful creation."-Victoria DiMassa, Glass of Wine and Milk

"When you pick up this book, you are holding something precious in your hands-a velvety, folkloric tale of seven horses and the young disabled girl who dreams of them from her bedroom . . . Nooshin Safakhoo's breathtaking illustrations left me sighing in awe and contentment. A dream of a book!"-Mary Wahlmeier Bracciano, Bookseller at The Raven Book Store (Lawerence, Kansas)

"Characters with disabilities are rare in children's books and even rarer is a character with a disability who gets to be a character first, rather than serving as a teachable moment or discussion point for inclusion and diversity. To have the opportunity to read an engaging and enchanting story with a protagonist as one with a disability-not to mention, a story in translation-is a joy." - Melanie Ho, Asian Review of Books

"This picture book follows a girl and her seven imaginary horses-some of whom are blessed with gifts like homes, and dreams, and shades of being, but one of whom is not . . . Delicate line illustrations with dazzling touches-pools of color; trees sprouting from imaginative heads; moonlit celebrations-are used to follow along as he, and the girl, blossom." - Michelle Anne Schingler, Foreword Reviews

"This is a joyful book about sharing and imagination - simply drawn in a palette of mainly natural colours one would find in nature . . . A wonderful opportunity to read a work in translation and appreciate the worldwide message that we all need fantasies and imagination." Love Reading 4 Kids

"In the Meadow of Fantasies
is a gently profound book on sharing, imagination, and caring for others."
- Kendal A. Rautzhan, The Canton Repository


"Hadi Mohammadi's evocatively named In the Meadow of Fantasies . . . tells a tender and beguiling story about a child's imagination and is a story of generosity . . . There is an underlying joy that permeates the story, as we see the girl - and it's understood that she's not able to get about on her own two feet - run and engage in imaginative play with the seven horses. She, in essence, creates her own agency with her imagination." -Julie Danielson, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

"The story works using repetition so the child can learn the words and join in . . . Your child is going to love it and will want to read it over and over again. It's a perfect book to start introducing reading and counting . . . An amazing book to sit and read together." - Lady Reading blog

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“a beauiful book with wonderful hidden life lessons”

This was a lovely picture book telling the story of 7 horses. I loved the pictures so nice yet simple. Perfect for your young child. The story works using repetition so the child can learn the words and join in. Also... More

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