Book: Big Wishes for Little Feat
Author: Cheryl Olsten
Find It: Amazon
When Ella and Little Feat are brought together, their devotion to each other grows. Their awe and love of the night sky with sparkling stars and constellations takes them on a journey that will change their lives forever. Big Wishes for Little Feat is a wonderful tale that will ignite the imagination with its rich, colorful illustrations by award-winning Italian illustrator Paolo d’Altan.
Central to the book’s charm is the imagery of stars and constellations to which a little girl and her horse both look for inspiration, confidence, and faith in themselves, as they learn how to turn disappointments into achievements. A quirky aunt adds to the fun of this tale of happy endings and new beginnings. For young girls who love animals with a special fondness for the magic of horses.
On the other side of the world lived a little girl named Ella. She wore her hair in a long French braid that fell to the middle of her back. Her eyes were as blue as the midnight sky. She knew a lot about constellations. On summer and winter nights, she and her father would lie in their backyard, looking up at the patterns the stars made.
“Ella,” her father would ask, a twinkle in his voice, “what pattern do you see tonight?”
“I see a horse, a ying horse! Do you?”
“Well, yes I do,” said her father. “That’s Pegasus, the winged horse. He’s one of the largest constellations in the sky.”
“He’s so beautiful,” said Ella. “I would love to have a horse like that—a horse who can carry me to the stars!”
“Maybe one day your wish will come true, Ella, my beloved, brilliant étoile,” said her father in French. “Brilliant means bright, and you pronounce it bree-yant. Étoile means star, and you pronounce it eh-twal. You are my bright star.”
“Your beloved, brilliant étoile,” she softly repeated.
Big Wishes for Little Feat is a delightfully immersive, well written and thoughtful children’s book.
I appreciated that the adults were written in a supportive way for children to understand and that they didn’t come across as the enemy like in most children’s books.
Big Wishes for Little Feat is about facing the challenges life throws your way and doing so with a smile. It’s a story about how we are all special in our own way and, though not everyone will see that, the right person always will.
This is a wonderful story to read out-loud with your kiddos while enjoying the beautiful illustrations that are reminiscent of lovely paintings.
The author will be raffling off a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card during the book tour!
About the Author
Cheryl Olsten was formerly the publisher of two New Jersey Magazines, New Jersey Life and New Jersey Life Health and Beauty. She resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, while their grown children are living their happy lives on different parts of the globe.
Author Links: Website
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