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Volume VI Number 19 . . . . May 26, 2000
"Grandpa began to paint the horse while I watched. He worked on it for weeks."The Memory Horse is a tender story that shows the importance of sharing memories between generations. One day, snuggling next to Grandpa, the young female narrator hears the wonderful story of her grandma's life. When she discovers that one of the old carousel horses, which the village is going to restore, was her grandmother's favourite, she convinces her grandfather to personally do the restoration. Lovingly, he paints pictures on the horse which symbolize the special memories he has of his wife. The colourful result is indeed a memory horse.
The art of storytelling and how it can be shared from one generation to another is clearly illustrated in Troon Harrison's delightful book, The Memory Horse. The narrative style allows the reader to personally share in the young girl's story. The author deals with the loss of a loved one, Grandma, through the celebration of her life as depicted in the pictures on the memory horse. Eugenie Fernandes's full page illustrations capture the rural setting and assist young readers in connecting the story's events with the flashbacks to the past. This approach makes the symbols on the memory horse easy to understand.
Author of other well-received picture books, such as Lavender Moon, Aaron's Awful Allergies and The Dream Collector, Troon Harrison has provided readers, young and old alike, with a touching story in The Memory Horse. It is certainly a picture book to be read aloud and to be read again.
Janice Foster is a teacher-librarian in Fort Garry School Division in Winnipeg, MB.
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