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Martin, Jacqueline Briggs

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ISBN 10: 1930900279 / ISBN 13: 9781930900271
Published by Purple House Press, Cynthiana Kentucky, 2003
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Binding and dustjacket clean and crisp as new. Orignally published in 1992, this new edition re-issued by Purple House Press has a 2003 note to readers by the author. Author won 1999 Caldecott Medal for her book Snowflake Bentley. The story is based on the author's mother's aunts. Long ago, two sisters in Maine owned a remarkable gray horse named Prince, who went on to become legendary in their family. Bookseller Inventory # 08471

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Publisher: Purple House Press, Cynthiana Kentucky

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Laminated Pictorial Boards

Illustrator: Gaber, Susan

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st This Edition

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Long before my mother was born, her aunts owned a store in a small village in Maine. They had a smart gray horse who pulled a shiny black buggy when they went out riding.

Prince was the finest horse in town. But no one remembers who took care of that beautiful animal while the aunts were working in their store: perhaps it was a sneaky trader who tried to steal him, perhaps it was a one-legged harmonica player who taught him to dance; perhaps it was two children who once saved Prince's life.

Jacqueline Briggs Martin really did have two great-aunts who owned a horse like Prince. In THE FINEST HORSE IN TOWN she recreates life in a small American town as it might have been at the turn of the 20th century. Susan Gaber's extraordinary watercolor paintings make the people and events in these three stories truly come alive.

About the Author:

Jacqueline Briggs Martin is the author of more than a dozen picture books for children, including SNOWFLAKE BENTLEY, winner of the 1999 Caldecott Medal. She grew up on a farm in Maine and heard stories of the two great-aunts featured in THE FINEST HORSE IN TOWN. She now lives in Iowa.

Susan Gaber is working on the illustrations for her nineteenth picture book for children. She has illustrated one other book written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, GOOD TIMES ON GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN. She lives in Huntington, New York, with her husband and son.

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