Saturday, October 07, 2006

Textile Tales II

Here is another of my favorite children's books with textile themes. Ursula K. Le Guin's (yes, the one of SciFi fame) A Ride on the Red Mare's Back is a wonderful tale of a girl from the snowy north who takes a journey to rescue her little brother who has been stolen away by trolls. She is aided by a magical wooden horse toy, and ultimately she rescues her brother with the red scarf she has lovingly knit for him as her first knitting project. The watercolor illustrations by Julie Downing are absolutely beautiful. My copy is signed by the illustrator, who added this little horse drawing.


Sharon said...

My first knitting project was a scarf and it could have been used to drop a ship's anchor - no magical horse rescue it that initial effort.

Birdsong said...

Gotta have this one ... where can I get it? Does the little toy come too? I am such a child at heart, but thought it would be fun to read aloud to one of my childrens' knitting classes while they work.