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ISBN13: 9780688075927
ISBN10: 0688075924
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Marian called it Roxaboxen. (She always knew the name of everything.) There across the road, it looked like any rocky hill — nothing but sand and rocks, some old wooden boxes, cactus and greasewood and thorny ocotillo — but it was a special place: a sparkling world of jeweled homes, streets edged with the whitest stones, and two ice cream shops. Come with us there, where all you need to gallop fast and free is a long stick and a soaring imagination.

In glowing desert hues, artist Barbara Cooney has caught the magic of Alice McLerran's treasured land of Roxaboxen — a place that really was, and, once you've been there, always is.


Marian called it Roxaboxen. It looked like any rocky hill--nothing but sand and rocks, some old wooden boxes, and cactus--but it was a special place where all you needed to gallop fast and free were a stick and a soaring imagination.

About the Author

Alice McLerran was an "Army brat" and moved every year or so — from Hawaii to Germany, from New York to Ecuador.

She still leads a gypsy life, traveling the world with her physicist husband and dividing time between their home in New York and their "dacha" in the mountains of Oregon. She's happy to visit schools anywhere! The McLerran cat, Shuwa, prefers to stay home.

"Children often ask me how I started being a writer, and I tell them: by loving stories. My mother made up stories at bedtime, and my grandmother was a story-teller as well. I always read, and read, and read. I think most writers do. One bit of luck, I think, was that from the first I wrote for others. Over the years I made countless poems and little books as gifts. When you write for real readers, of course you want to do your best."

Barbara Cooney is one of the most well-loved authors and illustrators of children's books today. She has won many awards for her books, including the American Book Award and two Caldecott Medals for Illustration. Ms. Cooney lives in Damariscotta, Maine.

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dennisandraquel, June 20, 2007 (view all comments by dennisandraquel)
This book is just pure fun every time I read it to my kids. Readers and listeners alike are transformed to a place where life was so simple and the imagination is limitless. This story, of people and a place that really existed, genuinely elicits happy and carefree feelings. It makes us want to get on our stick horses and ride like the wind!
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performance Narrated:
Cooney, Barbara
Cooney, Barbara
McLerran, Alice
by Alice McLerran
HarperCollins Publishers
New Rochelle, N.Y.
Sports & Recreation - General
Lifestyles - Country Life
Imagination -- Fiction.
Imagination & Play
General Juvenile Fiction
Play -- Fiction
Children s-Imagination and Play
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Series Volume:
v. 5
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from PreS to 3
8.31x10.21x.34 in. .71 lbs.
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:

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