Publication Date: April 27, 2010
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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.
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.
"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.