Moonhorse

Moonhorse

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by Mary Pope Osborne, David M. McPhail, S. M. Saelig
     
 

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"Osborne's poetic text comes to mysterious life in Saelig's dark, dreamy illustrations." —Booklist
 
From the author of the bestselling and beloved Magic Tree House series comes a brand-new edition of the lovely, lyrical bedtime story, 25 years after its original publication.
 
Out of the night, the winged Moonhorse

Overview

"Osborne's poetic text comes to mysterious life in Saelig's dark, dreamy illustrations." —Booklist
 
From the author of the bestselling and beloved Magic Tree House series comes a brand-new edition of the lovely, lyrical bedtime story, 25 years after its original publication.
 
Out of the night, the winged Moonhorse appears, and a young girl slips away from her sleeping father to join him. Together they ride past stars and night shadows, constellations and comets, as they pull the moon across the clear night sky.
 
Moonhorse is a luminously illustrated bedtime fantasy that opens the door to the world of dreams and myths in an enchanting way.

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"Out of the night appears the Moonhorse, glowing white with feathery wings, to take her on a ride through the sky. Osborne's poetic text comes to mysterious life in Saelig's dark, dreamy illustrations full of clouds and stars. Imaginative fare for bedtime—or any time for that matter."—Booklist.  
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- A moonlit ride on a winged horse is the focus of this uneven fantasy. The young narrator, sitting on the porch with her sleeping father on a warm summer night, wishes on a star, and the Moonhorse arrives to carry her on a journey through the stars. Osborne's prose is generally smooth and lyrical but suffers from occasional awkwardness that mars the rhythm. The pace of the text is also weakened by its varied placement on the pages, leading readers to pause mid-sentence when there are visible gaps between phrases. Saelig's illustrations, on the other hand, are consistently ethereal and evocative, and do much to strengthen the book's appeal. Somber colors and softened edges convey mood and atmosphere while also depicting the night-time world in a semi-realistic fashion. Particularly strong images appear when the narrator names the various constellations she and the Moonhorse fly past. Unfortunately, the plot is slight, and easily overshadowed by the dramatic paintings. Still, Saelig's art is bound to engage both children and adults, making it possible for this work to gain an appreciative audience despite its flaws. --Lisa Dennis, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394889603
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
03/01/2016
Series:
Dragonfly Books Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
834,963
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Mary Pope Osborne is the author of many highly praised books such as American Tall Tales and the internationally bestselling Magic Tree House Books.
 
S. M. Saelig made her illustrating debut with Moonhorse in 1991. Since then she has illustrated Mama, I'll Give You the World, an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award winner, and other picture books under her married name, S. Saelig Gallagher.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Goshen, Connecticut
Date of Birth:
May 20, 1949
Place of Birth:
Fort Sill, Oklahoma
Education:
B.A., University of North Carolina
Website:
http://www.marypopeosborne.com

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Moonhorse (Dragonfly Books Series) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
USMCWifey More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book. So does my Son, and he's 7 now. The pictures are captivating, the speed and dialoge are perfect for a bedtime book. I really enjoyed this and I recommend it to everyone I know. I'm buying a 2nd copy because my Husband and I are planning on having another child. I hope that they enjoy it as much as my Son has over the years.