In the Meadow of Fantasties is a magical reading experience as it brings a folkloric tale to life. A must read children’s story! – Momma Braga
A young girl, who spends her day in bed and in a wheelchair, gazes up at a mobile of spinning horses. As she watches them prance about, the tufted snout of a real live horse peeks through her bedroom door. Soon enough, our protagonist is off and cantering on an adventure with seven majestic horses. The first six are easily understood: their colors, dreams, families, and origins are described and accompanied with exquisite drawings. The seventh horse, however, is an enigmatic creature with no clear hue or history, a lack that is soon filled in by the loving offerings of the other ponies.
In the Meadow of Fantasies is a magical reading experience as it brings a folkloric tale to life. This story captured my heart as it encompassed the message of generosity and kindness in the most beautiful way.
The illustrations are breathtaking and brings the tale to life as it transports us into the little girl’s dream.
For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give this book 5 horses out of 5! A children’s book with a poetic heart and spirit. We highly recommend this book and it is great for children ages three to seven.
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About the Author
Beloved Iranian illustrator Nooshin Safakhoo was born in Tehran in 1980. After teaching, she began a long career of painting precise, lyrical images for children’s books, including The Owl & the Jaybird and Shahname. In the Meadow of Fantasies has earned her numerous awards, including a NAMI Concours Prize. Nooshin has been selected three times to show her work at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.
Hadi Mohammadi, a celebrated Iranian children’s book writer, researcher, and critic, has published more than forty novels and picture books for children and young adults. Many of his stories focus on social themes: peace, justice, nature, and friendship. He was nominated for a Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2006 and in 2021, In the Meadow of Fantasties was selected for IBBY’s Collection for Young People with Disabilities.
Sara Khalili is an editor and translator of contemporary Iranian literature. Her translations include Moon Brow and Censoring an Iranian Love Story by Shahriar Mandanipour, The Pomegranate Lady and Her Sons by Goli Taraghi, The Book of Fate by Parinoush Saniee, Kissing the Sword by Shahrnush Parsipur, and Rituals of Restlessnessby Yaghoub Yadali.
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*Please note that this book was provided in exchange of an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.