Moonhorse (Dragonfly Books Series)

Moonhorse (Dragonfly Books Series)

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by Mary Pope Osborne, S. M. Saelig
     
 

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A lovely lullaby by the author of the Magic Tree House books

Out of the night the shimmering Moonhorse appears, and a young girl leaves her father napping on the front porch to join the silver-winged horse on a wondrous adventure among the constellations. They gallop past stars and comets, past the Dipper and the Ram, then lasso the crescent moon and pull

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A lovely lullaby by the author of the Magic Tree House books

Out of the night the shimmering Moonhorse appears, and a young girl leaves her father napping on the front porch to join the silver-winged horse on a wondrous adventure among the constellations. They gallop past stars and comets, past the Dipper and the Ram, then lasso the crescent moon and pull it across the clear night sky. At last the sleepy rider returns home safely and the Moonhorse disappears into the dark.

The famous author of the Magic Tree House books turns her hand here to a lyrical bedtime picture book text, exquisitely illustrated by S. M. Saelig. Of Saelig's dreamy illustrations, Kirkus Reviews wrote, "In carefully composed airbrushed paintings, this first-time illustrator appealingly combines the astronomy lesson with a sense of adventure and awe, nicely extending Osborne's gracefully phrased text." Fathers will especially enjoy reading this to their young daughters.

Editorial Reviews

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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:
9780679867098
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
04/27/2010
Series:
Dragonfly Books Series
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.15(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Mary Pope Osborne is the author of many highly praised books, including the Magic Tree House series, American Tall Tales, and Kate and the Beanstalk.

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.