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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Dreams can come true if you hope and dream hard enough. One young girl and an ornery pony no one else liked connected while she was working at a local stable. The pony’s name was Me Too and, even though others thought the pony was ugly, the young girl loved him with all her heart. Soon, the pony loved her back. The two worked hard together and formed a strong bond but when the summer was over, the pony was returned to his home and the young girl returned to school. Time passed, but the two never forgot each other. Sometimes a bonding of the heart is stronger than separation and the odds that tear two hearts apart. Dreams can be that big and that powerful.
Kathy Simmers’ picture book story, Jump the Moon, is a tender story about a young girl and the pony of her dreams, her heart pony. The plot follows the developing bond between the pony and the young girl as they learn to trust and love one another. They both aspire to great things and they do some equestrian shows together, winning ribbons for every course they jump. Sometimes though, sadly, good things come to an end. Me Too didn’t belong to the young girl and the two were separated for a long time after that one magical summer together. The plot follows each of their paths until the time when their dreams strive to bring them back together again. The language is simple to appeal to the young reader and the subtle, pastel-colored illustrations give the entire appearance of the book a dreamlike quality. Young readers will respond with compassion to this heartwarming tale that reinforces the importance of trusting one’s heart and following dreams wherever they may lead. A sweet, gentle, charming story that will bring tears to the eyes of young and old alike.