In the Meadow of Fantasies
A 2022 Mildred L. Batchelder Honor Book
A young girl, who spends her day in bed and in a wheelchair, gazes up at a mobile of spinning horses. As she watches them prance about, the tufted snout of a real live horse peeks through her bedroom door. Soon enough, our protagonist is out and cantering on an adventure with seven majestic horses. The first six are easily understood: their colors, dreams, families, and origins are described and accompanied with exquisite drawings. The seventh horse, however, is an enigmatic creature with no clear hue or history, a lack that is soon filled in by the loving offerings of the other ponies. A story about dreaming and about caring for others, In the Meadow of Fantasies will stir reveries in young readers and conjure new fantasies of friendly creatures in far off lands.