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The Water Horse by Dick King-Smith

April 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

The Water Horse

Set in the 1930s, this story tells of a young Scottish girl, Kirstie,
and her brother, Angus, who find a mysterious egg capsule washed up on
shore after a storm and take it home. To their delight, this “mermaid’s
purse” hatches into a lovable sea monster they call Crusoe. It keeps
growing and growing, until finally it is too big to live anywhere but
in nearby Loch Ness. Children who enjoy animal stories will welcome one
about this unusual creature. The characters are believable and, since
King-Smith relates events from the point of view of the water horse as
well as those of Kirstie and her family, readers get to know the
friendly, not-at-all-fearsome monster. Occasional black-and-white
illustrations effectively complement the text. Crusoe is bound to make
a splash with children everywhere.

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