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The Horse in Harry's Room: 01/20/19

The Horse in Harry's Room

I like Syd Hoff's books because they're written with such a matter of factness. He would take a situation and see it through and make it as if it were a completely normal, plausible thing.

The Horse in Harry's Room by Syd Hoff is level one reader about a boy and his invisible horse. He lives in a city apartment, far from where he'd ever get a chance to see a regular horse. So he has an invisible one. He can ride it through his room, jump on furniture and number of other horsey things.

But when the adults look in, they just see Harold sitting on the floor, playing or drawing. It's implied that the horse is a figment of Harry's imagination.

Harry's parents know of course that he loves horses. They decide to take him out to the countryside to see a real horse and get some fresh air. Maybe they can cure him of his imaginary equine friend.

Harry has a great time, naturally, but what about the horse at home? Hoff leaves that somewhat open ended. The horse is still there — but is that because Harry still imagines him or because he's more than imaginary?

Five stars

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