A Ride on the Red Mare's Back by Ursula K. Le Guin

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Upon hearing that trolls took her brother, a little girl grabs a red wooden horse and sets out to rescue him. After outwitting a number of trolls along the way with the help of the red horse, she finally finds her brother--only to learn that he doesn't want to be rescued. Full-color illustrations, like jewels in snow, show dark-haired northerners and a troll kingdom magnificently ill-mannered and monstrous.

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Arguably one of the canonical writers of American science fiction, Ursula K. Le Guin was born in Berkeley, Calif., in 1929, the daughter of Alfred L. and Theodora Kroeber. After earning an A.B. degree from Radcliffe College and an A.M. from Columbia University, Le Guin was awarded a Fulbright fellowship in 1953. The genre formerly classified as 'science fiction' has become divided into sub-genres, such as fantasy, realistic fiction, alternative history, and other categories. Le Guin resists classifying her own work in any one area, saying that some of it may be called 'science fiction', while other writings may be considered 'realist' and still others 'magical realism' (her term). Le Guin is one of the few writers whose works (which include poetry and short fiction) can be found in public libraries' collections for children, young adults, and adults. Le Guin's published works include a novel, A Wizard of Earthsea, that won an American Library Association Notable Book citation, a Horn Book Honor List citation, and the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1979. She has been nominated several times for the Nebula Award and the Hugo Award--the highest honors in science fiction/fantasy writing--and has won both awards. Her Earthsea Trilogy is a mainstay of libraries' fantasy fiction collections. Le Guin married Charles Alfred Le Guin on December 22, 1953. They live in Portland, Ore. Julie Downing has written and/or illustrated over 30 picture books. For Clarion, she has illustrated The Firekeeper's Son by Linda Sue Park. Her books have received a Parents' Choice Award and a New York Public Library Best Books Award. She lives in San Francisco, California, and is very familiar with fog. For more information visit www.juliedowning.com.
Published August 1, 1992 by Orchard Books (NY). 48 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Sports & Outdoors. Fiction

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A beautifully crafted tale, drawing on Scandinavian folklore (including Peer Gynt) and recalling the theme of Andersen's The Snow Queen, yet told with such freshness and grace that it seems entirely new.

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Text and artwork of extraordinary beauty highlight this stirring tale of a girl who rescues her brother after he is captured by trolls.

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