ROCKING-HORSE LAND by Laurence Housman


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From the 20s, a literary fairy-tale gently satirizing affluent children while suggesting that they are redeemable. For his fifth birthday, Prince Freedling receives ""piles of glittering presents,"" including a toy from his fairy godmother (which turns into something else every time he breaks it) and Rollonde, a marvelous rocking horse. It turns out that Freedling has the power to set Rollonde free to return to his own land, and to recall him--which he does, until he grows old enough to have a real horse, and to understand that Rollonde should be freed forever. This well-told tale offers more nourishment than many newer stories; Rodanas (the well-received The Story of Wall Dad, 1988) contributes attractive but uneven illustrations: Rollonde is portrayed in an appropriately romantic way, but other figures are a bit wooden, while Rodanas' colors vary from pleasingly vivid to almost garish.

Pub Date: April 23rd, 1990
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard