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A Rose, a Bridge, and a Wild Black Horse

The Classic Picture Book, Reimagined

by (author) Charlotte Zolotow

illustrated by Julie Morstad

afterword by Crescent Dragonwagon

Cameron Kids
Initial publish date
Mar 2024
Girls & Women, Adolescence, General
Recommended Age
5 to 7
Recommended Grade
k to 2
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2024
    List Price

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A reimagined edition of A Rose, a Bridge, and a Wild Black Horse—the classic picture book by a legendary author and a beloved illustrator, about a girl and her mother, with themes of growing up, dreams, and letting go.

A girl declares all the things she’ll do for her mother when she is all grown up—from climbing mountains and swimming across oceans, to picking the pinkest rose, to building the biggest bridge and a castle for her mother to live in, to taming a wild black horse for her mother to ride—ending with the friend she will bring her mother to keep her company while she travels the world.

Originally published in 1964, A Rose, a Bridge, and a Wild Black Horse is a beloved picture book by renowned children’s book author Charlotte Zolotow, reenvisioned by her daughter, celebrated author Crescent Dragonwagon, and illustrated by award-winning artist Julie Morstad.

The book includes an afterword by Crescent Dragonwagon about her mother and this special edition of their book.

About the authors

Charlotte Zolotow's profile page

 span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">Julie Morstadspan lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA"> is an author, illustrator and artist living in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Her most recent book for children, How To, marks her authorial debut, and has received starred reviews in Kirkus, School Library Journal and Quill & Quire, as well as a Governor General's award nomination. Books she has illustrated for children include When You Were Small, recipient of the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award; When I Was Small, winner of the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize; and Singing Away the Dark, which was shortlisted for a number of children's literature prizes.


Julie Morstad's profile page

Crescent Dragonwagon is the author of more than 50 books for readers of all ages, including a new edition of her 1977 classic Will It Be Okay?, illustrated by Jessica Love. Crescent is the daughter of and literary executor for her late mother, Charlotte Zolotow. A native New Yorker, Crescent lives in the Arkansas Ozarks.

Crescent Dragonwagon's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"The result is a deep and abiding love that still acknowledges that someday the child must depart. Themes of familial ties and inevitable separation make for a marvelous reinterpretation of a beloved picture book."


"[A]n expression of boundless love that has lost none of its fresh specificity—a freshness that’s reflected in the new illustrations, too. "

Publishers Weekly

Other titles by Julie Morstad