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Rocking-Horse Land
     

Rocking-Horse Land

by Laurence Housman, Kristina Rodanas (Illustrator)
 

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For his birthday Prince Freedling is given a roomful of lavish and magical presents. The only one that doesn't bore him is a splendid black rocking-horse. The little prince rides it all day, leading imaginary knights into battle. And then, to his astonishment, the new rocking-horse begs to be free to visit Rocking-Horse Land at night, promising to return to the

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For his birthday Prince Freedling is given a roomful of lavish and magical presents. The only one that doesn't bore him is a splendid black rocking-horse. The little prince rides it all day, leading imaginary knights into battle. And then, to his astonishment, the new rocking-horse begs to be free to visit Rocking-Horse Land at night, promising to return to the prince in the morning�

Richly colored paintings impart a Victorian opulence to Laurence Housman's enchanting fairytale, which touchingly reaffirms the important connection between freedom and love.

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-- Opulent paintings outshine a retold story that fails as both a read-aloud or a read-alone. Freedling, a spoiled princeling, wantonly destroys all his birthday gifts--yet the boy loves his rocking horse, Rollonde. He generously allows the toy the freedom to visit fellow rocking horses. Poetic, overlong sentences tangle readers' tongues. Archaic terms (``tarradiddles'' and ``dissembling lot'') are confusing, and most offensive is Freedling's toy-breaking and pet-tormenting. Only the character of Rollonde and the dreamlike illustrations may hold readers inside these pages. Rodanas' Rollonde is superb, causing the portraits of the stiff-faced prince to suffer in comparison. Scarlet and royal purples glow; cloud horses caper above an ethereal landscape. As a lush picture book, the story excels; the old-fashioned tale communicates a bygone age. However, Housman's prose, first published in the 1920s, will have little appeal to today's children. --Charlene Strickland, formerly at Albuquerque Pub . Lib ., NM

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688090159
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/01/1990
Pages:
32
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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