Charlotte and the White Horse

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Continuing a two-year program to bring back twenty-two Maurice Sendak treasures long out of print, our second season of publication highlights one of the most successful author-illustrator pairings of all time. A pioneer of great children's literature, Ruth Krausspublished more than thirty books for children during a career that spanned forty years. Krauss and Sendak collaborated on eight books, and we are delighted to reintroduce four of these gems in brand-new editions, together with a favorite Maurice Sendak ...

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Overview

Continuing a two-year program to bring back twenty-two Maurice Sendak treasures long out of print, our second season of publication highlights one of the most successful author-illustrator pairings of all time. A pioneer of great children's literature, Ruth Krausspublished more than thirty books for children during a career that spanned forty years. Krauss and Sendak collaborated on eight books, and we are delighted to reintroduce four of these gems in brand-new editions, together with a favorite Maurice Sendak picture book.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Now in its second season, HarperCollins's reissue of 22 Sendak classics continues. This time, his collaborations with Ruth Krauss take center stage. In Charlotte and the White Horse, first published in 1955, creamy pages frame Sendak's softly lit illustrations of a girl who convinces her father to keep a wobbly legged horse and cares for him until he can stand on his own. Sendak's delicate watercolors suit the dream-like mood of a boy who accomplishes all that he sets out to do in his imaginary world, in I Want to Paint My Bathroom Blue (1956), also by Krauss. A boy's imagination also comes to the fore in A Very Special House (1953) by Krauss, as the artist depicts the hero creating a home filled with a turtle, a giant, a very old lion and "some monkeys and some skunkeys." Oversize pages brim with the creatures as well as his house's "very special" furnishings. Open House for Butterflies (1960) takes a similar format to these collaborators' classic A Hole Is to Dig, and lastly, Hector Protector and As I Went Over the Water: Two Nursery Rhymes (1965) by Sendak conveys as much plot through the artist's wordless spreads as with the minimal text. For collectors and budding readers alike. Nov. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
This tiny book5 and 3/8" by 6 and 3/4" and only 24 pages in length—is a reissue of Krauss and Sendak's 1955 collaboration. The text celebrates the love between a girl and her newborn horse in the springtime. A moment of crisis comes when Charlotte's father tells her that he is going to sell the horse to provide college money for her brother, but he relents when Charlotte pleads to keep him, and Charlotte and her horse are together again forever. The language of the text is borrowed freely from the Song of Solomon¾"the winter is going,/the wind and the rains are gone . . . Arise, my love, my fair one/my milk white Milky Way"—intermingled with occasional, sudden flashes of a child's point of view¾"Come away, Pure White, All White and Strong—stronger than Hero the Great Dog—sure, but he couldn't wag his tail like Hero." Sendak's accompanying illustrations are appropriately dreamlike and surreal with clear inspiration from Chagall. 2002 (orig. 1955), HarperCollins, $12.95. Ages All. Reviewer: Claudia Mills AGES: 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 adult
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060286408
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Series: Sendak Reissues Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 526,800
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 6.43 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Ruth Krauss (1901-1993) is the author of over thirty books for children, including the classics The Carrot Seed, illustrated by her husband, Crockett Johnson, and A Hole Is to Dig, illustrated by Maurice Sendak. "Ruth Krauss's intuitive ability as a writer to capture the free-spirited thought processes and laughter of young children ensures her books' widespread acceptance and timeless appeal." So concludes her entry in children's Books and Their Creators (1995).

In addition to Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak's books include Kenny's Window, Very Far Away, The Sign on Rosie's Door, Nutshell Library (consisting of Chicken Soup with Rice, Alligators All Around, One Was Johnny, and Pierre), Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life, In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy, and Bumble-Ardy.

He received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are; the 1970 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration; the 1983 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, given by the American Library Association in recognition of his entire body of work; and a 1996 National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America. In 2003, he received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an international prize for children's literature established by the Swedish government.

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