Tales of Sasha The Big Secret (Book 1) By Alexa Pearl, illustrated by Paco Sordo from Little Bee Books. For ages 6-8 years old. Readers meet Sasha, a kindhearted young horse who has always felt a little bit different from the other horses in Verdant Valley. For starters, she looks nothing like her two older sisters, Zara and Poppy, who are black and brown while Sasha is pale gray except for a small white patch on her back. Sasha also loves running and jumping and the feeling of being in the air, and she longs to explore the forest beyond her valley.
One day during school, Sasha is having trouble concentrating, and the white patch on her back gives her an itching feeling that makes her want to soar. She tries to ignore it but finds that she can’t and ends up running and leaping over the big rock she and her classmates were approaching. When she lands on the other side, she realizes that her patch is sparkling! She heads to find her parents, and when she tells them about what happened they decide it’s time to tell Sasha their big secret: during a storm years, ago they found Sasha as a baby foal wrapped in a golden blanket with a note that said “Please keep Sasha safe until we can see her again.”
My Opinion: I like that this is a great story for kids and lets them know being different is not a big deal and you should be proud of who you are as all kids are special. I found it easy to read and with great illustrations for kids to follow. I plan on sharing this book with my nieces.
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