🏇 The Strays of Paris by Jane Smiley⁠

💕 This is the sweet and heartwarming story of Paras, a young racehorse living in a stable in the French countryside. At least until when she opens the gate of her stall and ends up in Paris. There she meets Frida, a German shorthaired pointer, two ducks and a crow. The animals live together in the city for a while, but all changes when Étienne, an 8-year-old boy, befriends them, bringing them into the big old house he lives in with his grandmother.

♥️ I liked:⁠
💌 Friendship. This book is all about friends and friendship. It’s about accepting who is around you, even if different (very different in this case). It’s about tolerating flaws, even in very self-centred crows or in incredibly noisy ducks. It’s about not feeling alone, sharing and caring.
🐴 🐶 The animals. This is the reason why I chose this book: animals are the main characters. I had amazing experiences in the past with other stories told by zebras, cats… and this book didn’t disappoint. I loved the animal observations, for example, Paras thinking that “Dogs, evidently, saw humans as friends, whereas horses saw them as coworkers.”
✍️ The writing. It’s really easy to read. It flows quickly, the descriptions are amazing – not too lyrical, but still, full of colour – and it leaves a smile on your face.
👨‍👩‍👦 It can be read by kids and adults. Kids will appreciate the animals talking to each other, but adults are really the ones that should read this book. It would open their minds and help to understand that we are not the only ones in this world, that there are different point of views, and that friendship is incredibly important.

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5 A sweet and heartwarming book, perfect to cheer you up and make you think about what’s going on in the world.

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