Hooves or Hands?
Following her debut picture book, It Isn’t Rude to be Nude, author/illustrator Rosie Haine invites readers to ponder on the possibilities that being a pony instead of a human might offer.
Taking by turn a series of parts of a pony’s anatomy – hooves, legs, face, hairy parts and then moving onto topics such as pooing, movement, diet and mode of communication, she presents the alternative equine /human scenarios starting with the title hands or hooves, followed by being four or two legged, having a long or short face, possessing a mane, tail, forelock and fetlocks or not, pausing for a dump wherever you are or having to hold on,
galloping or running, whether or not your bum is furry,
whether you dine on a variety of foods or have to stick to hay and whether you utter words or a neigh (yes the text does rhyme).
The key question is ‘… would you rather be a pony or a person?’ Which would bring more fun? There’s even the prospect of being both. The key thing however, is individual choice and making the most of what you choose.
Playful, clever, quirky and thought-provoking.
Share this in a classroom and you might find children trying their own versions using a different animal of their choosing.