Assault: The Crippled Champion: The King Ranch Racehorse

Assault: The Crippled Champion: The King Ranch Racehorse

by Marjorie Hodgson Parker, Charles Shaw, Charles Shaw
     
 

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How would a small, stumbling colt with the tough name "Assault" tell his own story of courage and victory? In this delightful true account of King Ranch's champion racehorse, Marjorie Parker involves her young readers in the life of the Texas thoroughbred who ran on two hooves and a heart, becoming one of only eleven horses ever to capture the coveted Triple Crown…  See more details below

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How would a small, stumbling colt with the tough name "Assault" tell his own story of courage and victory? In this delightful true account of King Ranch's champion racehorse, Marjorie Parker involves her young readers in the life of the Texas thoroughbred who ran on two hooves and a heart, becoming one of only eleven horses ever to capture the coveted Triple Crown. Along with electrifying racing, this story gives an inside look at life on the historic King Ranch and recaptures life in another era through the eyes of a noble horse who never gave up.

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Children's Literature
With a stellar pedigree and a home on King Ranch, one of the most famous ranches in Texas, Assault is poised to be a champion. When an accident leaves him with a permanently deformed hoof, though, Assault must overcome a slow and painful recovery (not to mention the ridicule of other horses) before he can win horse racing's Triple Crown in 1946 and become known as "the horse who ran on three hooves and a heart." Although this book will likely find an audience among readers looking for information about Triple Crown winners, its fictionalized approach limits its usefulness for research. Told from Assault's point of view, the narrative stumbles over facts and includes ridiculous comments like "He hoped his story would encourage every colt with a dream." Although an epilogue places the story's events into historical context, the lack of a bibliography means that young researchers may have difficulty finding other, better, sources on this topic. Charles Shaw's pen-and-ink drawings of Assault add drama. 2004, Bright Sky Press, Ages 9 to 12.
—Norah Piehl
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-A colt at the King Ranch in Texas suffered a serious hoof injury, but his owner never lost confidence in this thoroughbred who went on to win the Triple Crown in 1946 as well as many other races during his career. Dubbed by reporters "the Club-footed Comet" and "the Texas Terror," the horse was given every opportunity to succeed because of the great care he received. An anthropomorphic Assault tells his story with all the thoughts, emotions, and fears of a human. When he hurts his foot, he wishes that his mother were there. He comments about how pleased he is that his owner, Mr. Bob, still believes in him. He describes the experience of riding on a train. He talks about his rejection by the other colts because he limps. Full-page, black-and-white line drawings complement the text. The use of the word "crippled" in the title seems out-of-date, although by definition it does mean lame or disabled, which was precisely the horse's problem. The story of this forgotten champion is easy and entertaining; readers will enjoy finding out about this underdog with the big heart.-Carol Schene, Taunton Public Schools, MA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781931721349
Publisher:
Bright Sky Press
Publication date:
04/01/2004
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Meet the Author


Marjorie Hodgson Parker is an award-winning author who has been widely published in newspapers, magazines, and books.

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