June 5, 2008
Children's author Susan Lubner and illustrator Margie Moore bring CW to life in pages of new book
Colonial Williamsburg has partnered with best-selling children’s author Susan Lubner and acclaimed illustrator Margie Moore to tell “A Horse’s Tale: A Colonial Williamsburg Adventure.” This delightful new book for children – co-published by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and Abrams Books for Young Readers – brings to life Colonial Williamsburg’s popular line of plush animals, Margaret the Milliner, Garrick the Gardner, Ben the Blacksmith and the horses Lancer and Mary.
When Garrick’s horse, Lancer, starts acting sad, the town of Williamsburg tries to lift his spirits. Margaret sews a blanket for Lancer’s back, and Ben checks his horseshoes to make sure they aren’t too tight. The Grocer mixes oats and sugar, the Apothecary stirs a special brew, and even the Music Teacher sings a happy song. But nothing comforts Lancer until they realize that friendship is always the best cure. The simple verse is easy for young readers to follow, and a glossary of colonial terms helps children learn about life in 18th-century Williamsburg.
“A Horse’s Tale” is Lubner’s third book for children. She previously co-wrote the bestselling “Noises at Night” with Beth Raisner Glass in 2005, and she penned the award-winning “Ruthie Bon Bair, Do Not Go to Bed with Wringing Wet Hair” the following year. For “A Horse’s Tale,” Lubner employs her talent for rhyme to evoke the world of Colonial Williamsburg. In addition to Garrick, Margaret and Ben, “A Horse’s Tale” features Colonial Williamsburg’s horses Lancer and Mary, as well as several wonderful new characters of Lubner’s invention, including a foxy Town Crier.
Illustrator Margie Moore’s credits include such beloved children’s books as “Count the Ways, Little Brown Bear,” “Bear of My Heart” and “Ruby’s Perfect Day.” Her pen and watercolor illustrations for “A Horse’s Tale” vividly capture the detail of Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area, making it a perfect memento for young sightseers. Kids and their parents alike will enjoy identifying the many Historic Area locations featured throughout the book.
“A Horse’s Tale: A Colonial Williamsburg Adventure” is 32 pages and recommended for children ages four to eight. The book is available at Colonial Williamsburg retail outlets for $9.95.
Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture — stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic tradespeople research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. “Revolutionary City®” – a daily dramatic live street theater presentation – is a 2008 Rand McNally Best-of-the-Road™ Editor’s Pick. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at www.history.org.
Michael E. Crandol