Big Wishes for Little Feat by Cheryl Olsten – Book Review

Big Wishes for Little Feat by Cheryl Olsten – Book Review

Big Wishes for Little Feat by Cheryl Olsten

Big Wishes for Little Feat

Author – Cheryl Olsten
Illustrator – Paolo d’Altan
Publisher – Fleecydale Press
Pages – 56
Released – 6th October 2020
ISBN-13 – 978-1733955102
Format – ebook, hardcover
Review by – Stacey
Rating – 4.5 Stars
I received a free copy of this book.
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When a young horse and a little girl fascinated by the stars above are brought together by a bit of fate and one shooting star, nothing can keep them apart.

Cheryl Olsten tells the fanciful and delightful tale of a young horse in Belgium and a little girl living in America who are brought together by a bit of fate and a shooting star. When Ella’s parents send her to live with her great-aunt in the beautiful Kingdom of Belgium, she becomes lonely and lost. Not far away lives an equally lonely young horse, the smallest in the stable. Little Feat, as he will be known, longs for a forever friend.

When Ella and Little Feat are brought together, their devotion to each other grows. Their awe and love of the night sky with sparkling stars and constellations takes them on a journey that will change their lives forever. Big Wishes for Little Feat is a wonderful tale that will ignite the imagination with its rich, colorful illustrations by award-winning Italian illustrator Paolo d’Altan. Central to the book’s charm is the imagery of stars and constellations to which a little girl and her horse both look for inspiration, confidence, and faith in themselves, as they learn how to turn disappointments into achievements. A quirky aunt adds to the fun of this tale of happy endings and new beginnings. For young girls who love animals with a special fondness for the magic of horses.

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Born on a farm in Bonnerville in the Kingdom of Belgium was a mahogany-coloured foal called Lafitte De Muze. As the foal got older he learned to run fast and jump but he was only small and he wished that he could be taller like his friends.

When he was four-years-old he was ready to be sold and he couldn’t wait to meet his new owners who would love him, but no-one chose him. He was upset and wondered if it was because he was so small. His parents told him to keep his head held high and never stop believing.

Across the world, a little girl called Ella was saying goodbye to her parents who had fallen on hard times and they were sending her to Belgium to stay with her Great Aunt for the summer whilst they sorted themselves out.

Overtime Ella became lonely and sad because she missed her parents. Her Aunt knew she liked horses so she took her to the Bonnerville Horse sale in hope that she might find a perfect friend.

Big Wishes for Little Feat was a beautiful book about a young horse who wasn’t very happy with his size and believed that he was never going to find his perfect owner. The story is very sweet and has the most amazing full-page illustrations.

The book has a lot of writing so it is more for a confident reader, or for an adult to read to a young child. There is a magical aspect to the book that runs alongside the story. Whilst I understand why it was added and children will most likely love it, personally, I would have liked to have seen the book stay as realistic as possible rather than Lafitte jumping so high a star touched his leg and left a mark, or the ending, which I won’t spoil.

Overall, the book is very cute and was a quick read. Children who have a love of horses will completely adore it.

Book Reviewer – Stacey

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About the Author

Cheryl Olsten was formerly the publisher of two New Jersey Magazines, New Jersey Life and New Jersey Life Health and Beauty. She resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, while their grown children are living their happy lives on different parts of the globe.

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