Marc Cohen (text), and Kia Maddock (illustrator), The Beautiful Mare and the Boy Who Gave Thanks, Pronoia Press, December 2018, 48 pp., RRP $36.99 (pbk), ISBN 9780648421429
This is an uplifting tale about a man, his son and their beautiful mare. The boy loves the mare and gives thanks. When one day the mare runs away, the boy discovers that it is wonderful to spend time with the village boys, and gives thanks. Throughout the story, as bad fortune befalls the boy, there is always something positive to be thankful for.
In this retelling of a classic tale, Marc Cohen has woven a philosophical story that is simply told yet rich in ideas. I love that it is not didactic, the messages about positivity, gratitude, kindness, resilience and life balance are there to be discovered by each reader in their own way when they are ready. This is a story that can be enjoyed by all ages. The book is artfully designed and the dreamy water colour illustrations work perfectly to support and extend the story.
Reviewed by Sharon Seymour