The Gift Horse

Author(s): Sophie Siers

Early Experiences & Issues | NZ Picture Books | NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2018

Since her mum died, Olivia hasn't felt right. Sometimes she can't breathe properly and she feels funny inside. When she is out on the farm with her dad and brother or tucked up under her blankets things don't seem so bad, but everywhere else she feels like she doesn't fit in. When Dad brings home a horse that's been through its own trauma, together Olivia and Amigo grow to trust each other and forge a path through their own grief and anger.

Since her mum died, Olivia hasn't felt right. Sometimes she can't breathe properly and she feels funny inside. When she is out on the farm with her dad and brother or tucked up under her blankets things don't seem so bad, but everywhere else she feels like she doesn't fit in. When Dad brings home a horse that's been through its own trauma, together Olivia and Amigo grow to trust each other and forge a path through their own grief and anger.


This beautifully illustrated story explores the stages of grief through a narrative that acknowledges the need for time and space in the process of coming to terms with loss.


Product Information

Finalist for the 2018 NZ Children's Book Awards - Picture Book Category

General Fields

  • : 9780473408558
  • : Millwood Heritage Press
  • : Millwood Heritage Press
  • : January 2018
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Katharine White
  • : 31
  • : Sophie Siers
  • : Paperback