Rocking Horse Christmas

Rocking Horse Christmas


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ISBN-13: 9780439669382
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 10/28/2004
Series: Scholastic Bookshelf
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 9.62(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About the Author

Mary Pope Osborne is the acclaimed author of many books for children. She is best known for her Magic Tree House series as well as her titles in the Dear America and My America series. She lives with her husband in New York City.

A native of Washington, D.C., Ned Bittinger attended Landon School in Bethesda, Maryland, before leaving the area for Denison University in Ohio. He returned to D.C., however, to earn his Master's of Fine Arts degree at George Washington University, and now lives in Rappahannock County, Virginia, with his wife, Mary. Bittinger is an award-winning painter of portraits, and his subjects have included James A. Baker and Lawrence Eagleburger for the State Department; Shirley MacLaine; Nancy M. Kissinger; and many leaders of the corporate, legal, medical, and diplomatic professions.

Bittinger also paints landscapes and figurative scenes, and his work reflects the influence of such great artists as John Singer Sargent, Ilya Repin, Valentin Serov, and N.C. Wyeth. His use of the “alla prima” technique, in which wet paint is skillfully manipulated, gives his brushwork and thus his paintings immediacy. It is this energy that makes his work particularly suited to illustration, and readers will remember his stunning paintings from Fran Manushkin's The Matzah That Papa Brought Home, Eve Bunting's The Blue and the Gray, and Mary Pope Osborne's Rocking Horse Christmas.


Goshen, Connecticut

Date of Birth:

May 20, 1949

Place of Birth:

Fort Sill, Oklahoma


B.A., University of North Carolina

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Rocking Horse Christmas 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all-time favorite Christmas books. If horses and pretend play were a big part of your childhood, this book will carry you back to the joys of that wonderful time. It reminds you of how your imagination could take you anywhere you wanted to go, and let you be anyone you wanted to be. A gentle hearted Rocking Horse is at the heart of this beautiful tale of childhood, of growing up and away from our childhood dreams, and of how we often return to these dreams later in life. The book's magnificent artwork compliments the words beautifully, helping to bring the story to life. Parents will enjoy Rocking Horse Christmas as much as their children who beg to have it read to them over and over again.