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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (September 9, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395845416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395845417
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 8.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Complete with lightening bolt and clouds of churned-up dust, for its tale of good and evil in the wild West." Publishers Weekly

"Burton's rootin'-tootin' comic-book-style Western was and still is completely original, with its varied-colored pages and experimental graphic design. i! Yi! Whoopee!to the publishers for reissuing this progressive and energetic classic--with the villain's name properly and alliteratively restored to boot." Horn Book, Fanfare

About the Author

Virginia Lee Burton (1909-1968) was the talented author and illustrator of some of the most enduring books ever written for children. The winner of the 1942 Caldecott Medal for THE LITTLE HOUSE, Burton's books include heroes and happy endings, lively illustrations, and a dash of nostalgia. She lived with her two sons, Aristides and Michael, and her husband George Demetrios, the sculptor, in a section of Gloucester, Massachusetts, called Folly Cove. Here she taught a class in design and from it emerged the Folly Cove designers, a group of internationally known professional artisans. She is the author of many classic children's picture books, including MIKE MULLIGAN AND HIS STEAM SHOVEL and KATY AND THE BIG SNOW.

More About the Author

Virginia Lee Burton was the talented author and illustrator of some of the most enduring books ever written for children. The winner of the 1942 Caldecott Medal for The Little House, Burton's books include heroes and happy endings, lively illustrations, and a dash of nostalgia. She lived with her two sons, Aristides and Michael, and her husband George Demetrios, the sculptor, in a section of Gloucester, Massachusetts, called Folly Cove. Here she taught a class in design and from it emerged the Folly Cove designers, a group of internationally known professional artisans.

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Virginia Lee Burton is fabulous!
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It's entertaining, it has suspense and drama and interesting, amusing characters.
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I just found this book again and read it to my two year old, and he loved it!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on February 27, 2002
Format: Paperback
"Way out west in Cactus County there was a horse named Calico. She wasn't very pretty...but she was very smart. She was the smartest fastest horse in all of Cactus County." She could run like "greased lightning", and she could smell like a bloodhound. "Her nose was so keen she could track a bee through a blizzard." She was owned by a cowboy named Hank, and "...she would go to the end of the trail for Hank. They had a language all their own and understood each other perfectly." Life was good and happy for everyone who lived in Cactus County, no locks, no fences, and no sheriff or jail. But across the Cactus River were the Badlands where the villains of this story lived. And the meanest, sneakiest, absolutely worst bad man of them all was Stewy Stinker. He was so mean, "he would hold up Santa Claus on Christmas Eve if he had a chance." So sit back and get comfortable and see what happened when Stewy Stinker and his nasty gang came to town..... First published in 1941, Calico The Wonder Horse is as fresh and entertaining today, as it was over fifty years ago. This is an old fashioned, action packed, rootin' tootin' western that has it all...cattle rustling, hold-ups, a stampede and kidnapping, a wild and thrilling stagecoach chase, and through it all, Calico comes to the rescue, outsmarts the bad guys and saves the day. Virginia Lee Burton's clever, witty text is dramatic, engaging and full of wild west colloquialisms that will have both kids and adults laughing and cheering at all the fun. Her marvelous comic strip illustrations are expressive and full of detail and beg to be pored over and explored. Put it all together and you have the makings of a timeless classic to share with friends, family and future generations. Perfect for youngsters 4-8, Calico The Wonder Horse is a masterpiece and a MUST for every home library.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I am a big fan of Virginia Lee Burton and Calico the Wonder Horse is another example of her great illustrations and story lines. The story is action packed; you laugh, you cry, and you want the good guy to win and live happily ever after. What is interesting about this book is that the color of the pages correspond with the action of the story. It is an all around good read for you and your child.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
My 2 1/2 year old daughter and I love this book! Best of all, and unlike many of our other favorites, the hero (Calico) is female whose merit is based on her intellect and problem-solving skills. I really like that subliminal message. I'll admit that at first I was a little put off by the artsy "comic book" format, but it grows on you, and I appreciate it more each time I read it. This book and Mike Mulligan are must-have Burton books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ken Klemme on February 23, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The illustrations of this Wild West comedy saga are just as good as the lively and creative prose. Easy to read in one sitting as a great "before bed" story. The adventure and humor will keep even those with short attention spans listening intently. The ending is perfect!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen W. Miller on June 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
Wow! I didn't find this book until I had children. I had always had a fondness in my heart for "The Little House", and looked it up once I had my children. I also remembered "Mike Mulligan", but was unfamiliar with her other books. Although "Maybelle the Cable Car" is great, I think Calico the Wonder horse has to be my favorite. The style is so different from other books, but just right. I am glad to see it is in print. I bought a book for each one of my kids, so they can hopefully share it with their families some day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By vrabinec on June 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
Oh my God, I loved this book as a kid. It just came up in conversation and I looked to see if it was available. Loved the animation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jan McAfee on February 12, 2004
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I can't believe I found it! This was one of my favorite books from when I was in kindergarten. I remember it well. I'm buying it for my 6-year-old daughter tonight.
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I bought these thinking they would make great gifts to someone with small children as they are filled with great stories and illustrations. But I am going to keep them for myself, as I marvel at them (I have several others by this author) every time I open one.
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