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The Ice Horse

Christiansen, Candace. Illus. by Thomas Locker

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ISBN 10: 0803714009 / ISBN 13: 9780803714007
Published by Dial Books, New York, NY, 1994
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Fine in a fine DJ; Great illustrations, a beautiful copy of this uncommon title. ; First; Cloth backed boards; Oblong 4to; DJ. Bookseller Inventory # 12957

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Title: The Ice Horse

Publisher: Dial Books, New York, NY

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Illustrated by Locker, Thomas

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition

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A young boy learns the danger and excitement of the ice harvest in the Hudson River Valley. This book is illustrated with beautiful paintings capturing life from a bygone era.

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Kindergarten-Grade 5-In a first-person narrative, 12-year-old Jack chronicles his first winter helping harvest ice from the Hudson River. The boy is proud to be allowed to drive his uncle's horse, but as they harness the animal, the man gives him a presentient warning: "'If Max ever falls through the ice, hang on to this rope and pull hard. It will choke him, but it may save his life.'" This is advice Jack remembers when the animal does plunge into the cold water one day. Christiansen's unadorned text contains many intriguing details and a protagonist who experiences the pride of responsibility and recovers quickly from failure. Locker's painterly, representational oils competently illuminate the text. While his closeups of people are somewhat wooden, their expressions unrelentingly somber, his depictions of the harvesting process, done in an icy-cold palette, are excellent. Page layouts emphasize the sweep and linearity of the river landscape. Younger readers may need more explanation emphasizing the lack of refrigeration, but all children who love a story in which a youngster acts heroically will find the action engrossing. A fascinating piece of Americana engagingly recollected.
Kate McClelland, Perrot Memorial Library, Greenwich, CT
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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