How Angel Horses Become Unicorns

Children - Picture Book
48 Pages
Reviewed on 06/03/2022
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Author Biography

Diana Tuorto is a Buffalo, NY-based children's author. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in English Writing and History, Diana is also an active horse rescue volunteer. She shares a small farm with her husband, two horses and six cats.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite

In How Angel Horses Become Unicorns by Diana Tuorto, we are introduced to a little girl named Gianna who adores her horse named Luna. She loves to talk about all the activities they do together as well as some of Luna’s favorites. One day Luna wasn’t feeling well and it turned out there was a serious condition called Founder which causes severe pain, leading to permanent damage to the hoof, and can be life-threatening. Sadly enough, it got to the point where Luna was in so much pain that Gianna’s mom told her it was time to let the horse go and be an angel where she wouldn’t be suffering. The little girl was inconsolable as she lost her very best friend. The night Luna died she had come to Gianna in a dream and asked to be made into a beautiful unicorn. She fed her doughnuts and soon Luna was a gorgeous mythological creature. Luna thanked her human friend and told her to look up at the sky every night and if she saw a blue star then that was a sign that Luna was looking down on her.

How Angel Horses Become Unicorns is such a beautifully tragic tale that I feel so many children and even adults can relate to. It breaks our hearts when we lose a beloved pet just as Gianna had lost her horse, but it’s something that we will all experience at one point or another in our lives. I found it a great book because it lets kids know that they aren’t alone and their feelings are valid. Even adults have a hard time letting go of those we hold dear. It was written so warmly that you automatically found yourself sympathizing and feeling Gianna’s pain. The end also shows that even though Luna may not be with her physically, she was still there in spirit. The illustrations are also amazing and fit perfectly with the storyline. I haven’t come across too many kids' books that have described and discussed death in such an effective way that a child would understand. I think Diana Tuorto has done a wonderful job with this book and I can’t wait to read more of her work.