When Wishes Were Horses

By Brad Sneed (Illustrator); Sharon Hart Addy
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Library Binding, 9780618131662, 32pp.)

Publication Date: September 2002

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In the town of Dusty Gulch, not much is fixing to happen. But then Zeb wishes up a horse.
When he tells his ma, she thinks he’s fibbing. He starts to say, “I wish you’d believe me,” and a wild-eyed palomino appears in her boarding-house kitchen. It neighs and snorts, and tears the door off its hinges on its way out.
In the wake of Zeb’s wishes, horses take over the small town. A chestnut mare completely discombobulates Mrs. Vander Snooty as she steps off the stagecoach, and a pinto creates havoc in Mr. Goody’s General Store. But Zeb can’t stop wishing. Will Zeb save the town from all these horse-wishes? Boldly and hilariously illustrated, When Wishes Were Horses will tickle the funny bone of every cowboy and cowgirl.

Praise For When Wishes Were Horses

“This is a good choice for reading aloud and for using as a springboard for discussions of folk sayings such as, “If wishes were horses, beggars might ride.” Kirkus Reviews

“This amusing twist on the traditional granted-wish-that-gets-out-of-control, motif is greatly enhanced by Sneed’s watercolor illustrations.” School Library Journal

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