Calico the Wonder Horse: Christmas Gift Edition

illus. by Virginia Lee Burton. 64p. HMH. Oct. 2016. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780547575728.
Gr 1–3—First published in 1941, this Western tall tale has been repackaged and repurposed in red and green as a "Christmas classic." The text and striking black-and-white woodcut illustrations are virtually unchanged from the original, though the title has been slightly modified with the omission of "The Saga of the Stewy Stinker" as the subtitle.
VERDICT Though the new format is larger and brighter, this selection is still best read individually or one-on-one because of the intricacy of the panels and the lively language meant for slightly older picture book readers. Also a good gift for historical collections and nostalgic adults.

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