Oh, Harry!by Maxine Kumin, Barry Moser (Illustrator)
Harry isn't the most handsome or graceful horse in the barn, but he has a knack for calming even the most excitable filly. All's well until the arrival of six-year-old Algernon Adams the Third--a boy with a talent for mayhem. When Algernon finds himself in a pinch, will reliably helpful Harry come to his rescue or go back to sleep and let the little terror figure
Harry isn't the most handsome or graceful horse in the barn, but he has a knack for calming even the most excitable filly. All's well until the arrival of six-year-old Algernon Adams the Third--a boy with a talent for mayhem. When Algernon finds himself in a pinch, will reliably helpful Harry come to his rescue or go back to sleep and let the little terror figure his own way out of a sticky situation?
“Agreeably old-fashioned.” The New York Times Book Review
Combine a Pulitzer Prize–winning poet with a National Book Award–winning artist and, honestly, it's hard to go wrong.
Among the elegant equines at Adams & Son, Harry the Horse stands out—not for his admitted homeliness and lack of show-ring liveliness, but for his ability to soothe and befriendeach and everyrestlessnew horse in the barn.Enter a high-strung human child.Has Harry met his match? Kumin knows horses—she breeds them—and her affection for them comes through clearly.Her jaunty couplets beg to be read out loud, though a few—"But before he set Algie down again / Harry shook him to dust off the grain"—strain just a bit under the rhyme scheme. As he did in The Tale of Funny Cide (written by The Funny Cide Team, 2006) and Our Cats Nick and Nora (written by Isabelle Harper, 1995), Moser uses vibrant watercolors from multiple perspectives against dramatic white backgrounds to convey animal personality and movement in an uncluttered way. His Harry grins and rollshiseyes in ways that, like the text, are fanciful but grounded in reality.Harry the Horse emerges as a full personality, and if the same can't be said for young Algernon, that's a small quibble.
Good fun for the preschool set and slightly beyond. (Picture book. 3-7)
- Roaring Brook Press
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- Product dimensions:
- 8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
Maxine Kumin is an American poet whose career has spanned over half a century. She has been the recipient of prestigious awards such as the Pulitzer Prize, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, and an American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award. She and her husband breed horses on their New Hampshire farm.
Barry Moser is a National Book Award-winning artist and the illustrator of more than two hundred picture books for adults and children, including Howard Mansfield's Hogwood Steps Out, published by Roaring Brook Press. His works have been on display in such auspicious places as the British Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art , and the National Gallery of Art. He lives in Massachussetts.
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