Quincy Moves to the Desert is the second book in the series about Quincy the Horse by Camille Matthews. Before you even start to read the story, you are mesmerized by the gorgeous illustrations by Michelle Black.
The story is of a horse named Quincy, who lives in a barn, owned by a man named George, with his best horse friend Beau. His owner is a woman named Cam. One day, Cam tells Beau that he and Quincy will be taking a long trip out to the desert. George bids them farewell as he loads the horses onto the truck.
The truck makes its way across the United States, from New York to New Mexico. Along the way, Beau teaches Quincy about all of the different kinds of horses they see, and their various jobs. Each description is accompanied by a breathtaking painting, depicting each kind of horse. As Quincy learns about each horse's special talents, he begins to dream of all of the things he wants to do when he gets to his new home.
I love the feeling of hope and promise that Quincy shows as he moves to a new home. Moving can be scary, especially for kids. Instead of focusing on his fears, this book shows that all kinds of new things are possible in a new environment. I also appreciate all of the education in the book about different breeds of horses and for what they are commonly used. It is high quality literature that isn't found quite as often these days in newer books.
This is the kind of story that will hold the attention of children ages 4 and up. They are going to enjoy the story, but will be completely entranced by the beautiful illustrations. I have visions of my kids sitting in the rocking chair, going through the pages again and again in the book corner at school.