London Burning

And what’s this? There’s someone else sitting in the corner, meal long finished, looking, looking around. Don’t like that, the way he’s looking: who sits in a chicken shop and just looks?

Storyrider, Dragonreader

In children’s books, kids just get horses somehow. They don’t buy them. They win them in raffles or end up shipwrecked with them on desert islands. Horses come into children’s lives through magic. The stories give kids power, control over another creature, but even in stories parents have the ultimate power.