Press Release:

Jump the Moon
Based on a True Story
by Kathy Simmers
illustrations by Marjorie Van Heerden

The newest pony to arrive at the barn is ordinary, ugly even and on top of that, she is mean. But the girl with the long blonde hair doesn’t seem to care, she is drawn to her and determined to earn the pony’s trust.

Over the course of the summer, the pair develop an incredible bond. Then, tragically, as summer ends the two are separated. Readers will eagerly turn the pages to find out if the girl and the pony will ever see each other again.

The beautiful illustrations throughout this picture book bring to life an emotional journey, inspiring readers to follow their dreams.


“The girl with the long blonde hair is my daughter and the true story that Jump the Moon is based on unfolded before my eyes. Living it was initially exciting, at times heartbreaking, and ultimately one of the most inspiring experiences I have ever known. I wrote this story to teach readers the importance of trusting their hearts, following their dreams, and never putting limits on what is possible.” – Kathy Simmers