Merrylegs is the most beautiful story of self-belief and learning to live with a positive attitude. Pam Smy’s engaging illustrations and text draw the reader in. The emotions of the story are clear and readers will quickly become friends with this magnificent horse.
Living life as a riding school horse, Merrylegs is sad. He never lifts his head or sees the joy on the children’s faces as they ride happily on his back. Every day is the same – plodding, clomping, nothing exciting. Merrylegs watches the racehorses, tall and beautiful, and longs for a different life. The grass is truly greener on the other side of the fence.
Then, one day, the fair comes to town and Merrylegs sees a magical, mesmerising carousel. Horses with painted bodies in rich colours and laughing children completely enchant him. Refusing to accept that he makes children happy too, Merrylegs becomes even more frustrated and disappointed in his lot in life.
Then, one magical night, a carousel horse takes Merrylegs on a journey he will never forget. Inspired and energised, his perspective changes. Merrylegs begins to see himself in a new light and realises just how important and magnificent he is. With self-belief and confidence comes happiness and pride. Merrylegs learns that loving himself and listening to his friends makes all the difference in the world.
This is a fantastic book to share at home or in school. It will prompt many valuable conversations about having a positive outlook on life and feeling proud of who we are. Children will see that Merrylegs is a lovely horse right from the start and that it is only he who doesn’t accept it. They will long to encourage him and feel such a sense of relief and pride when Merrylegs finally accepts himself for the wonderful horse he is.
Thank you to David Fickling Books for this gorgeous book!
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