This captivating children’s book centers around a young boy named Johnny, who has one wish for Christmas. He wants to give his little brother brother Liam the old wooden horse he remembers as a child at his grandparents house in Connecticut. Johnny, who lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, has not celebrated Christmas with his grandparents in years. However, this year he and his family are preparing to visit his “heart home”.
Although he lives in Arizona, Johnny’s heart is in New England with his fond memories of sharing the holiday seasons with his grandparents. His grandfather even tells him “You’re a born farmer, Johnny”…”This will be yours someday, if you want it. It wasn’t right for your dad”.
When Johnny gets to Arizona he receives some very upsetting news. To his dismay, his grandfather informs him that the wooden horse he wanted to give Liam had gone missing after it was lent out as part of an antique show. Then Johnny recalls a book his mom read to him when he was a little boy and said to himself “I’ll wish, and I’ll wish, and I’ll wish”…”and maybe someone will bring my horse back”. Johnny goes into the attic and finds some old articles of clothing, and stumbles upon the old wooden horse. However, poor Johnny is disappointed yet again, when he finds the horse is broken in several pieces. On Christmas morning, Johnny is quite surprised to find his Christmas wish had come true. “It’s a magical horse”.
This little story is heartfelt and filled with warmth. It is perfect read for this holiday season. The painted illustrations by Wendell Minor make the story even more touching by bringing the words to life. This book is recommended for ages 4-8, but truly is great for all ages!
The Magical Christmas Horse Written by Mary Higgins Clark, Illustrated by Wendell Minor
Paula Wiseman Books: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Publication Date October 25, 2011 ISBN 9781416994787 $17.99, Ages 4-8
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