We Need a Horse by Sheila Heti

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A speckled horse wonders why he was made a horse. Can the sassy sheep, who claims to be a good tennis player, help him find understanding? And wait a minute: How can that sheep even play tennis if she doesn't have hands? Perhaps the bright light holds answers. Or the talking apple. Or the singing grass.

We Need a Horse, the first children's book from author Sheila Heti and painter Clare Rojas, asks big questions with a gentle hand. We Need a Horse is a timeless book for quiet moods, and makes especially good reading for anyone who likes to ask "Why?"

As a double bonus, the book's jacket is reversible, and also unfurls into a large square poster that invites the reader to fall into Rojas's quietly majestic artwork.

About Sheila Heti

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Sheila Heti is the author of several books of fiction, and is a regular contributor to The New York Times, n+1, Bookforum, The Guardian, and other places.Clare Rojas is a painter living in San Francisco.
Published July 12, 2011 by McSweeney's McMullens. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Then the horse eats an apple, which makes the apple happy, then the grass sings in verse...at the end the horse dies, or doesn't, or something, but by that point it would be hard to imagine the child reader who might care.

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Humor lightens the proceedings—the horse befriends a sheep with a tennis racket tied around her middle—but the horse's search for meaning is at the center of Heti's message: everything in the world, whether animate or inanimate, has purpose, created to bring joy to someone or something else.

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