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A horse named Steve, written and illustrated by Kelly Collier

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A horse named Steve
Title
A horse named Steve
Statement of responsibility
written and illustrated by Kelly Collier
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Language
eng
Summary
Steve is a fine horse, but he thinks he could be finer. When Steve finds a beautiful gold horn lying on the ground in the forest, he realises he has found his path to the exceptional! He immediately ties the horn to the top of his head and prances off to show his friends. Not everyone is impressed, but many of his friends are so inspired, they decide to tie items to the tops of their heads as well. So when Steve discovers his horn has suddenly gone missing, he's devastated and frantically searches everywhere to find it. He won't be exceptional without his horn! Or will he?
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Award
OLA Best Bets, 2017
Review
  • Preschool-Grade 2 Steve the horse very much wants to be exceptional. Some horses, he knows, get to wear ribbons (Steve doesn’t have a ribbon). But when he stumbles across a gold horn one day, he knows he’s found something exceptional at last! He straps the horn between his ears and prances off to show his friends, not noticing as it slowly slips off his head and down around his neck. In the background, all of Steve’s assorted animal friends begin to strap objects to their own heads, but Bob the raccoon, growing increasingly annoyed with Steve’s bragging, plays dumb: “I don’t see a beautiful gold horn on your head. You are NOT EXCEPTIONAL!” Cue the theatrics as Steve tears the place apart looking for the thing that makes him special. The two-colored illustrations are as tongue-in-cheek as the text, which sports numerous dry asides. Steve, with his puffed chest and spindly legs, is pure caricature, and this tale of hubris and self-expression will have both parents and children rolling with laughter. -- Reagan, Maggie (Reviewed 3/15/2017) (Booklist, vol 113, number 14, p47)
  • To be different is to be a standout in this confusing little story.A smiling equine named Steve yearns for greatness—maybe even a ribbon. Fortunately, he encounters a "beautiful gold horn" lying on the ground, claps his hooves, affixes said horn to his head, and races off to brag to the forest critters. Unfortunately, the gold horn does not stay in place and falls to his chin, unseen. This is a calamity, and Steve expends much energy and emotion in his search for it, finally finding it in a pond as he stares at himself. Despite much splashing about, the horn is not retrievable, and meanwhile the other animals have one-upped him by strapping objects to their own heads. Not to worry, though. Steve decides he is still "exceptionally different!" because they all have headpieces and he does not. Collier varies her use of typefaces and sizes and adds some comic-book panels, authorial asides, and occasional definitions to the telling. When Steve announces his intention to be "exceptional," Collier adds "that means special" with an arrow pointing to the original word. The artwork is digitized ink and watercolor on white backgrounds. Steve is depicted comically with long straight legs and a long neck. Team spirit and individual achievement are certainly lacking in this attempt to explore what makes a horse (or a child) special. (Picture book. 3-6)(Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2017)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10563976
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NLC
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Collier, Kelly
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
3+
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 0
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Ucar, Yasemin
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Animals
  • Friendship
  • Self-actualisation (Psychology)
  • Picture books for children
  • Horses
  • Exceptionalism
Target audience
preschool
Label
A horse named Steve, written and illustrated by Kelly Collier
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Copyright
Note
"Edited by Yasemin Uçar"--Copyright page
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000059937707
Dimensions
23 x 27 cm.
Extent
29 unnumbered pages
Isbn
9781771387361
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
colour illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)947134294
Label
A horse named Steve, written and illustrated by Kelly Collier
Publication
Copyright
Note
"Edited by Yasemin Uçar"--Copyright page
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000059937707
Dimensions
23 x 27 cm.
Extent
29 unnumbered pages
Isbn
9781771387361
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
colour illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)947134294

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