Johnny is sad to have his surprise for Liam foiled, but one early morning as he sifts through antiques in the drafty attic searching for a replacement present, he stumbles onto the old wooden horse. Inexplicably, during the five years since Johnny played on this horse, it's been reduced to near rubble while sitting in the attic. This story of a caring family, skillfully illustrated in gouache and watercolor, warmly and effectively conveys the selfless ideal of the season. When a young boy promises his toddler brother a very special Christmas present from their grandparents' attic, he finds himself utterly disappointed to find that the wooden horse of his memories has disappeared from his grandparents' possession. Wendell Minor has illustrated dozens of picture books, and his work has won countless awards and is in permanent collections of such institutions as the Museum of American Illustration and the Library of Congress. He can't wait to give his little brother, Liam, the wooden horse he rode when he was Liam's age. Lovely book and beautiful story.
Johnny found one in the attic that was broken to pieces and his father and grandfather fix it up in time for Christmas day. The colors and sketches are beautiful and reminded me of quieter and simpler times. This story of a caring family, skillfully illustrated in gouache and watercolor, warmly and effectively conveys the selfless ideal of the season. I guess I am kind of a sucker for these Christmas stories. Will wishing be enough to bring it back on Christmas Day? When a young boy promises his toddler brother a very special Christmas present from their grandparents' attic, he finds himself utterly disappointed to find that the wooden horse of his memories has disappeared from his grandparents' possession. The family together, the smells of the cookies baking, the snowy Christmas tree farm with trees of so many shapes and sizes, and most of all the wooden horse he had told his brother Liam about would make this the best Christmas ever. How can Johnny make this the Christmas he hoped for? Mary Higgins Clark writes with subdued yet unmistakable beauty, her words blending in a fresh and original tapestry of childhood dreams and the fulfillment of having a wish come true when one's faith begins to wane.
But, the horse was ruined and in very poor conditio What a charming, beautifully illustrated book. Higgins-Clark herself read the book to a group of children and signed their books. He can't give this to Liam. If so, I think you will really like this 2011 Christmas book, written by Mary Higgins Clark, and illustrated by the very talented Wendell Minor. How can Johnny make this the Christmas he hoped for? His family is off to visit his grandparents for Christmas.
Her books are international bestsellers. Yet that is the emotion portrayed on the previous page! Determined to locate the special horse of his memories, he finds a similar wooded horse, broken and worn from neglect. What a charming, beautifully illustrated book. His grandparents lived in an old house in New England where his father had been born. Johnny loved his little brother, Liam. May they treat it with more respect than those that packed it for shipment.
What, did Grandpa drag it behind his car out of spite? I'll take a church pew over a seat at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade any time. When the family arrives, Johnny discovers the wooden horse he intended on giving his younger brother is broken. Overall an okay Christmas book, but not a standout. It's a nice story, and a beautiful book, but what makes it so special are the gorgeous illustrations. Mary Higgins Clark and Wendell Minor sure are a superb storytelling duo.
Wendell Minor's illustrations are the strength of the book. Then his father and gr Growing up in Arizona, a young boy longs for his ancestral home in Connecticut, where his father's family had lived for many generations. His grandparents lived in an old house in New England where his father had been born. On the page where Johnny tells his father and grandfather about finding the broken horse, he is sad that he will have to break his promise to Liam, his younger brother, about Liam riding the wonderful horse. The creative load is borne equally between author and artist in this heartwarming true tale of family connections and learning where one belongs in a great big world of niches waiting to be filled by the people meant for them.
Little Johnny's wish though isn't one for himself, but one for his little brother. More than one hundred million copies of her books are in print in the United States alone. The family will be together for Christmas at his grandparents' home in Connecticut. How can Johnny make his brother s Christmas wish come true? Some wear due to lack of use makes sense, but mutilation? Sweet book attached to some very happy memories. Growing up in Arizona, a young boy longs for his ancestral home in Connecticut, where his father's family had lived for many generations. I guess he liked that riding horse.
Will wishing be enough to bring it back on Christmas Day? Johnny tells his little brother, Liam, that this year, it will be his turn to enjoy it-but the horse has vanished. No time to return, so it traveled to its destination looking like a used book. His family would be visiting his grandparents for Christmas. His grandparents lived in an old house in New England where his father had been born. A banal story about a toy horse that 8 year old Johnny wants to regift to his little brother Liam.
The problem is he can't find it and his grandfather says it was lost. A lovely little story wrapped up with beautiful picturesque pag Just got this book delivered today, ordered it online as a gift for a special nephew who will be making his Earthly debut between now and Christmas. The holiday festivities are reminiscent of an old fashion Christmas, complete with cookies baking and a Christmas tree farm for cutting down their own tree. The creative load is borne equally between author and artist in this he Mary Higgins Clark, the venerated Queen of Suspense, isn't best known as a children's author. Visit him online at MinorArt.
Wendell Minor is an artiste par magnifique, and his contribution to The Magical Christmas Horse can hardly be overstated. I need plenty of moisture and 4 seasons with a cold winter. His family would be visiting his grandparents for Christmas. All Johnny could think of was the wonderful magical horse that he once rode around his grandparent's house. Johnny, the main character in this story, remembers visiting his grandparents' house in Connecticut when he was three years old.