Susan Jeffers, author and illustrator
2003, Hyperion Books for Children
I want a pony. I want a pony more than anything else in the world.
A little girl wants a pony; her parents tell her they can't get her one, and she dreams every night of a dapple gray mare who comes and takes her for magical rides.
A very simple picture book showing the power of the horseless child's passionate desire, constant fantasy and total belief. Gorgeous.
About the author
Other books (author/illustrator)
All The Pretty Horses
My Chincoteague Pony
Other books (illustrator)
Black Beauty - Sharon Lerner adaptation
The McDuff series
Lassie Come Home - with Rosemary Wells
Link - audio
* Jeffers' Caldecott-winning book was based on an old children's rhyme and not, as I first thought, on an even older song which was the source of another book titled Three Jovial Huntsmen. This second, older book was illustrated by Randolph Caldecott, the 19th century English illustrator of children's books who the American awards are named after. The huntsmen in Caldecott's version are foxhunters; the ones in Jeffers' are portly guys on foot.