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Calico the Wonder Horse, or the Saga of Stewy Stinker Paperback – September 9, 1996

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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.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (September 9, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395845416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395845417
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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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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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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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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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My boys (4 & 6) had us read this story to them over and over for weeks, and they still love it. Calico is as valid a superhero in their eyes as Spiderman. I have enjoyed every Virginia Lee Burton story I have ever read, and this is a great classic cowboy story with the fantastic illustrations Burton consistently created. I adore this author and I fully expect any pre-K - early elementary aged child will enjoy this story.
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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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I loved this book as a youngster and when I found it I just had to get it again although I am no longer a youngster, I wore this book out as a child and had it memorized, Good book for children seems a little far fetched now but still love it!!
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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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