Published: 28/05/2017
ISBN: 9781788037365
Format: Paperback

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Maggi King lives near Cambridge with her farmer husband. She has enjoyed the company and stimulation of all children all her life. Living on a farm developed her love of animals, particularly horses, ... read more

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A Collection of Horse-Cow Adventures
by Maggi King

“I am a horse-cow. Half horse and half cow. My nose is big and soft and wuffly, and my mane is very stiff, and I make a great big noise like a donkey: HEE-HAW.”

A Collection of Horse-cow Adventures follows the stories of Horse-cow, a mixed-up animal that belongs to a lady called Ella. The book follows Horse-cow as he embarks on small adventures that will encourage and excite young reader’s imaginations.

Each short story sees Horse-cow facing a challenge. When Ella and Horse-cow try to bake a cake, they drop a bag of flour, creating a huge mess which proves to be challenging to tidy up. During a boat trip, Horse-cow falls into the water and has to be rescued by the fishes. An afternoon walk is interrupted by a naughty orange dog with very short legs. But each story ends happily as Horse-cow drifts off to sleep.

Inspired by the author’s own experience of being given a soft toy that looked like a horse-cow hybrid, Maggi King’s debut children’s book is beautifully illustrated with fun and exciting pictures drawn by the illustrator, Jake Tebbit. It will appeal to readers aged 3 years and over, and those who are able to read along.

Many of the stories in A Collection of Horse-cow Adventures were inspired by Maggi’s experiences of life in a wheelchair and learning how much she could do. The book aims to make young readers more aware of these challenges and to encourage the idea that though there may be difficulties, life in a wheelchair can still be fun.

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After three months in hospital in early 2015 and the removal of an infected hip joint, I was discharged in a wheelchair unable to walk. During that time I was given a soft toy pretending to be horse but looking more like a cow. It was quickly christened a Horse-cow. As I began to get better and bored my sister suggested I wrote stories about the Horse-cow and one thing led to another. The wheelchair aspect became important too.
My inspiration came from the help and encouragement from my family and friends and learning how much I could do from the wheelchair and that even though a life challenge they could be fun too

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