The Magic Saddle

The Magic Saddle

by Christobel Mattingley, Patricia Mullins, Cristobel Mattingley
     
 

Jonni wishes for a rocking horse that could take him exploring over the mountains and far away. On Christmas Eve, the Christ Child brings him a gingerbread rocking horse. Jonni is disappointed because gingerbread horses are only good for eating. But this is a special rocking horse with a magic saddle that flies Jonni away for the fantastical adventure. Full color.  See more details below

Overview

Jonni wishes for a rocking horse that could take him exploring over the mountains and far away. On Christmas Eve, the Christ Child brings him a gingerbread rocking horse. Jonni is disappointed because gingerbread horses are only good for eating. But this is a special rocking horse with a magic saddle that flies Jonni away for the fantastical adventure. Full color.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A gingerbread horse serves as magic carpet in the dreams of a poor boy who longs to receive a rocking horse for Christmas. Unfortunately, Mattingly's (The Miracle Tree) mishmash of fantasy, tradition and religion makes for a disjointed and confusing read. Mullins's (V for Vanishing) mixed-media visuals, which inventively combine torn-tissue paper collage, crayon and lino block stamping, serve as a brilliant translation of Mattingly's more descriptive scenes. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Jonni wants a rocking horse, but there is no space in his room and his parents don't have the money for such a toy. They do buy him a toy rocking horse. As they head on home Jonni and his parents stop to visit a Nativity scene. He sees that the Christ child has no gift so he leaves his rocking horse. He gets a gingerbread rocking horse as a Christmas present and hangs it on his window. Later that night, he looks at the horse and magically it talks. They set off on a fanciful journey. A warm father and son relationship are also part of the theme.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689809590
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
09/01/1996
Edition description:
1 AMER ED
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.63(w) x 11.57(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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