Tony by Ed Galing

Tony

Tony by Ed Galing; illustrated by Erin E. Stead. 2017. Gomuban monoprinting and pencil. Published by Roaring Brook Press.

Brief summary: In Ed Galing’s poem, a boy tells all about Tony, a gentle white horse he sees each morning during a time when dairy products were delivered to one’s door.

Comments:  I imagined this little boy waking up each school day and seeing and hearing Tony walking through the neighborhood. This short and gentle poem is illustrated with soft pencils. There are shadings of grays and greens with yellow colors added towards the end of the book representing dawn.  Illustrator Erin E. Stead did a superb job of creating the illustrations with the same spirit and touching gentleness of the poem. This is a beautiful tribute to a neighborhood working horse. One can imagine how seeing this equine friend every morning impacted the child.

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