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Eight-year-old Johnny is eager to visit his grandparents in their big stone house in Connecticut. He vividly remembers his last trip there when he was three, and his strongest memory is of a beautiful, hand-carved wooden horse. Johnny tells his little brother, Liam, that this year, it will be his turn to enjoy it–but the horse has vanished. Will wishing be enough to bring it back on Christmas Day? This story of a caring family, skillfully illustrated in gouache and watercolor, warmly and effectively conveys the selfless ideal of the season.
School Library Journal, October 2011

“Nostalgic paintings and narrative, along with these collaborators’ (Ghost Ship) hefty fan bases, are likely to make this a solid holiday seller...Minor’s gouache and watercolor art, featuring his characteristic exquisite detail, gives the book its magic” – Publisher’s Weekly, September 2011

About the Author

Mary Higgins Clark, #1 international and New York Times bestselling author, has written thirty-four suspense novels; three collections of short stories; a historical novel, Mount Vernon Love Story; two children’s books, including The Magical Christmas Horse; and a memoir, Kitchen Privileges. With her daughter Carol Higgins Clark, she has coauthored five more suspense novels. She also wrote The Cinderella Murder with bestselling author Alafair Burke. Her books have sold more than 100 million copies in the United States alone.

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. His cover illustrations have graced some of the most significant novels of our time by authors such as Toni Morrison, David McCullough, and James Michener. He lives in Washington, Connecticut. Visit him online at MinorArt.com.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 910L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books; First Edition edition (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416994785
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416994787
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By White Fang on November 1, 2011
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"The Magical Christmas Horse" is a beautifully colored 10 3/8 inch by 10 3/8 inch children's Christmas picture book. The illustrations by Wendell Minor are very colorful and highlight the characters and their feelings. Children will be captivated by the illustrations of the road to the Connecticut house, the grandparents' house, harvesting Christmas trees, Christmas morning around the fireplace and of course the "Magical Christmas Horse," himself. The dust cover is absolutely beautiful and will hook the attention of all children to read what is inside the book. Both the front and back endpapers are very beautifully illustrated with scenes from the house in Connecticut at Christmas. Actually the decorated endpapers of the book are even more beautiful than the illustrations inside the book.

Anyone who ever dreamed of going back to grandma and grandpa's house at Christmas and explore the antique treasures in the attic will enjoy this nostalgic story. Johnny, the main character in this story, remembers visiting his grandparents' house in Connecticut when he was three years old. It was the very house where his father grew up and had remained in the family for 265 years. One of his fondest memories was riding an antique wooden horse on wheels. Several years have passed since then and Johnny's parents announced that they would be spending Christmas with Johnny's grandparents in Connecticut. Johnny loved his little brother, Liam. All Johnny could think of was the wonderful magical horse that he once rode around his grandparent's house. He wanted to present this same horse to his brother as a Christmas gift. When Johnny and his family arrived at their grandparents' house all he could think about was the horse.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Col Bill on November 28, 2011
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When I opened the box from Amazon to see the book, it took me a long time to control my laughter. I have all of Mary Higgns Clark's books. I am over 80 years old. I did not realize I was buying a children's book. SOOO I sat down and read it. A very interesting story. I am sure my 9 year old Grand Daughter will enjoy it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JB Clark on January 21, 2012
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I bought this book as a Christmas present for a slow reader I know. It is big, colorful and easy to read. I'm glad you group books at readers levels. Makes it easier to choose. I reccomend it for any child who reads under 5th grade level.......
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shirley J. Haag on November 25, 2011
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The Magical Christmas Horse

this was purchased for my grandchildren to read during the upcoming holidays when they are over to visit. they all love reading or listening to stories. The illustrations are terrific and a wonderful author as well. Great addition to the family library.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By dot on November 25, 2011
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My grandchildren were excited when they saw the picture on the cover. They were interested in following the story line and stayed involved until the conclusion. I was pleased that the story had an upbeat theme and a "happy-ever-after" ending.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patricia A. Wojnas on November 25, 2011
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Wonderful holiday book to give to a child. It is a well written book, and lets you share a book with a younger child.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By My2Cents VINE VOICE on December 4, 2011
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Do you like sweet old-fashion Christmas stories? 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.

Eight year-old Johnny Alvern, little brother Liam and their parents live in Scottsdale, Arizona. This year Johnny's dream of returning to the home where his father was born in Connecticut comes true. His family is off to visit his grandparents for Christmas. His grandmother and grandfather live in an old cozy farm house. 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 one thing Johnny remembers that will make this holiday special for his little brother is an old fashion wooden horse that Johnny recalled seeing in his grandparent's attic. However, where Johnny searches for the horse, the one he remembered seems to be in a sad state of disrepair. Johnny isn't so sure that his brother's Christmas will be as special as he had hoped after all.

Of course, all the children's books I've ever read have seemed to have a happy ending, and this one is no exception. It's a nice story, and a beautiful book, but what makes it so special are the gorgeous illustrations. The colors and sketches are beautiful and reminded me of quieter and simpler times. This book is a keeper!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shanara Schmidt on November 9, 2011
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This is a lovely book and I bought two of them for my grandkids. I think they are going to love this book, it is colorful with beautiful pictures and easy to comprehend. Thank you.
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