this is the first one that i remembered...
it is the story of an adventurous young horse, morgan, who wanders away from his mother, tumbles over a waterfall, gets hurt, and is unable to return home. after a cold night alone, the morning star magically transforms him into a unicorn.
my sister and i cried at the end of this book every single time my mom read it to us. we frequently requested it as a bedtime story. not wanting us to end up in tears before sleeping, my mom would say, "are you sure you want me to read this one?" we always nodded our heads in confirmation of the choice.
when i found it on my best friend's bookshelf recently, i decided to bring it home and spend some time reading it again. it is just as beautiful as i remembered. the story is heartbreaking and the illustrations are gorgeous.
upon reflection, i can see why this story was meaningful to me as a child. the story of transformation is one that has captivated me from the beginning. in fact, this message was present in all three of the books i recalled.
if you would like to try this activity, take a few moments to think back to your early childhood stories...
quickly name your three favorites.
one. two. three.
do you see any similarities in the themes or characters of those three stories? have the elements of those stories been present in your life journey? are they in your life now?
p.s. i have been listening to a random internet radio station as i write this, and a song just started to play that features the sounds of pouring rain and a horse galloping around. magical!