This copy of The Hand-Me-Down Horse by Marion Hess Pomeranc with illustrations by Joanna Yardley is an ex. library HB with a DJ and mylar covering. It was published by Albert Whitman & Company in 1996. Condition: Good--pages show slight handling; binding tight; covers in great shape; DJ in great shape.
From School Library Journal
Grade 1-3?A powerful historical piece as well as a poignant commentary on the plight of immigrants. After years of hiding because they are Jewish, David and his family plan to leave Germany for America after World War II. While they await space on a ship, David learns English via slips of paper that cover the wall by his bed, but the long wait makes even this activity seem hopeless. Then a rocking horse appears with a note stating, "When I leave on my liberty ship, I promise to give this rocking horse to someone who is still waiting to go to America." David pretends to ride to New York many times before the real journey begins. Pomeranc keeps the focus on a child's issues: anticipation, family separations, cramped living quarters, confusion, and the little bits of human kindness that keep hope alive. Muted, realistic watercolor illustrations strongly support the text by capturing both the family warmth and the historic time period, and avoid ethnic stereotyping and nostalgic kitsch. Margaret Wild's Let the Celebrations Begin (Watts, 1991) and Christophe Gallaz's Rose Blanche (Creative Ed., 1986) are very intense picture books about the Holocaust. The Hand-Me-Down Horse is a gentle book, and a valuable addition to collections serving young children.?Jody McCoy, Lakehill Preparatory School, Dallas, TX
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