This is a true story about the wild ponies living on Assateague Island off of Maryland and Virginia The book is beautiful and makes me want to visit the island just to watch how the animals interact with one another. Children join the noted naturalist artist as he spends a day watching a splendid herd of wild ponies on Assateague Island off the mid Atlantic coast Youngsters see the ponies romping in the surf, heading for the dunes where they munch on sea grasses, and wading through the mudflats of the nearby bay A young foal rests with its mother in the shade of a tree, then starts to play hide and seek with a baby deer Jim Arnosky s beautifully detailed paintings and lyrical text convey his love for these creatures and his sense of wonder at observing their free spirit up close