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Author: Cheryl Elizabeth Waddell

Illustrator: Janice Prey Wolfe

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Publisher: Fern's Music and Fern Forest Enterprises

Material: hard cover

Summary: When he was a little boy, Jon Michael had a rocking horse he named Rockrhydin (rock-ride-in). For years, even though he was too big, Jon Michael would visit Rockrhydin ... until one day he was gone. With the help of Tanyabelle, Rockrhydin returns to Jon Michael's life in a very special way. This is a magical story that takes the idea of a toy coming to life in a new direction. The book also includes a free downloadable song.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, independent reading, transitional reader

Recommended Age: read together: 5 and Up; read yourself: 9 and Up

Interest Level: 5 and Up

Reading Level: 3.5

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a very special story. The illustrations are beautiful, but the story itself is magical. It would be the perfect choice for kids struggling with the push and pull of growing up and leaving toys behind. Just be prepared to have a beloved toy as an ornament when you share the book.

Pros: Part fairy tale, part coming of age story, Rockrhydin is a story destined to be a family favorite each Christmas.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a story made for your family holiday library.


Educational Themes: This is a Christmas story about change and growing up. Jon Michael's feelings will resonate with kids who are transitioning from preschool to elementary, and elementary to preteen. Enjoy the story for its warmth.

Notes: The Reading Tub® picked up this book at Book Expo America. There are no expectations of review associated with this book.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, fairy tale, Christmas, music

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2014

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