“A beautifully illustrated story inspired by a real animal friendship! Jack the goat needs his own space, until he meets up with Charlie the horse at an animal rescue ranch, where they discover that together they can overcome their fears and challenges. Readers will identify with the themes of friendship and cooperation.”
— Janice Penner, Watermark Books & Cafe, Wichita, KS
From the award-winning team behind Ida, Always comes a story about a friendship that grows between a blind horse and a gruff goat
All the animals at the Open Bud Ranch can see that Jack likes keeping his space to himself. But when Charlie arrives, he doesn’t see Jack at all. He’s still getting used to seeing out of only one of his eyes. The two get off to a bumpy start. At first, Jack is anxious and distrustful. But one day, he summons his courage and guides Charlie to his favorite sunlit field: this way, Charlie. And so begins a powerful friendship that will be tested by life’s storms—but will ultimately change each life for the better.
About the Author
Caron Levis has an LMSW from Hunter College and an MFA in creative writing for children and young adults from The New School, where she now teaches and advises. She is the author of a number of picture books, including Ida, Always; Stop That Yawn!; and Mama’s Work Shoes. Charles Santoso has illustrated several picture books, including I Don’t Like Koala and The Snurtch by Sean Ferrell; Ida, Always by Caron Levis; and the Peanut Butter & books by Joe McGee. He lives and works in Singapore.
Charles Santoso is a concept artist and illustrator currently living in Singapore. His work has been exhibited in North America, Australia, and France.
**STARRED REVIEW** "This picture book has much to offer for young readers about life’s challenges and how we handle them. Levis (Ida, Always) excels at crafting emotional, but never saccharine, tales of friendship. Strongly recommend."
— School Library Journal
"The wellcrafted, quiet text focuses on the two animals and tells their story in a simple, childlike manner. With rounded forms, soft edges, and layered colors, the illustrations create the characters and their varied moods expressively. "
"This gentle story's positive messages about patience, kindness, and friendship are reinforced in soft illustrations that resemble impressionistic watercolors. . . Memorable and moving."