I bought this for a friend because she loves childrens horse storys. I did'nt realise that it was actually illustrated and quite a short story. Its a lovely read about a man who builds sandcastles and other stuff. One day he builds a sand horse. The sand horse then comes to life but cannot move and is unhappy that he cannot join his sea horse friends (waves) who are calling him. The story has a happy ending and the illustrations are very good which help the story come to life. My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed it and then gave it to my son to read! He thought it was ok, which (my son being 9 years old) and very hard to please is not a bad rating!!