A magical tale for very young readers
Sandmare is a horse drawn in the sand on a beach by a girl named Polly and her father. Pleased with their creation, Polly laments the inevitability of the Sandmare’s being washed away by the tide. But Polly makes a wish that the Sandmare could run free – and at the same time the Sandmare wishes herself, so the wish is very strong. After Polly has left, the Sandmare is able to stand up and run free. Now she must reach the stars, or at sunrise she will turn back into sand. How can she do this? The first step will be to find the girl named Polly . . . The exciting adventure that ensues is accompanied by numerous lively drawings by Ted Dewan.
Well-known for her award-winning picture books, Helen Cooper displays her immense talents in the very different realm of the early chapter book with this charming new fantasy.
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Helen Cooper, a two-time winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal, is the author and illustrator of Pumpkin Soup and Tatty Ratty, among other books. She lives in Oxford, England, with her husband, Ted Dewan, an accomplished author and illustrator himself, whose books include Crispin, the Pig Who Had It All.
Gr. 2-4. Beach buffs, horse lovers, and fantasy fans will enjoy this light, fantastical story about a horse drawn in beach sand that comes to life. Polly fervently wishes that the horse she's drawn could run free. Sun, sea, and beach agree to give Polly her wish, and little by little Sandmare changes. Although Polly's wish sets the story in motion, Sandmare is the story's focus. Readers will follow the horse's dream to fly and her struggles to free herself from the beach and deal with suggestions of merry-go-round horses that she returns to the sea. With the aid of a plastic gorilla, a rocking horse whose moods swing from kind to nasty as he rocks, and a toy horse on wheels that gives Sandmare a rolling start, the beach horse eventually escapes the bonds of earth. The slightly disturbing disintegration of her sandy outline is balanced by the explanation that she becomes part of a lovely cloud, a "mare's tail cloud" in the sky. Dewan's textured black-and-white artwork visualizes the fantasy. Diane Foote
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Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110374364060
Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0374364060 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1927034
Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0374364060