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Horse Tales

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For any child with a passion for horses, this collection of fourteen tales, gloriously illustrated by Inga Moore, is the perfect equine companion.

Saddle up, take the reins, and prepare for an exhilarating ride through this field of horse tales! Here you'll find difficult horses and dream ponies, ponies in danger, and horses that ride to the rescue. June Crebbin's collection of fourteen stories draws on a wide range of places, times, and ...

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Overview

For any child with a passion for horses, this collection of fourteen tales, gloriously illustrated by Inga Moore, is the perfect equine companion.

Saddle up, take the reins, and prepare for an exhilarating ride through this field of horse tales! Here you'll find difficult horses and dream ponies, ponies in danger, and horses that ride to the rescue. June Crebbin's collection of fourteen stories draws on a wide range of places, times, and cultures: there are tales from Ancient Greece, fourteenth-century Mongolia, and France in the Middle Ages; traditional tales from Russia and Native America; and stories from the present day, too. The horses and ponies themselves are equally diverse — of all colors and characters — each magnificently rendered by award-winning artist Inga Moore.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Similarly, the excerpts included in Horse Tales, edited by June Crebbin, illus. by Inga Moore, may well lead readers into longer works such as Diane Lee Wilson's I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade, Peter Dickinson's Unicorn or Anna Sewell's Black Beauty. Crebbin separates the 14 entries into headings such as "Difficult Horses" or "Dream Horses," in which Crebbin's own self-contained tale, "The Gift Horse," appears. Moore's images of the creatures seem to gallop off the pages. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Horses from a wide variety of cultures and time periods are featured in fourteen stories, consisting mainly of chapters from books. Five categories of horses are included. Crebbin introduces each section with some personal experiences and brief annotations designed to create interest in the stories that follow. "The Orange Pony," "The Snow Pony," and "Bucephalus" are featured as difficult ponies successfully tamed by children. "The Mud Pony," "The Gift Horse," and "The Christmas Pony" are dream horses miraculously (or so it seems) received by young horse lovers. Chapters from War Horse and Black Beauty offer insights from the viewpoints of the horses themselves. Misty of Chincoteague is one of the four horses featured as a horse in danger. The last section contains tales about a Chestnut Gray and a Gray Palfrey coming to the rescue of people. Moore's full-color paintings grace each story and add to the attractive appearance of the book. A good introduction to many classic horse stories, and an apropos gift for young horse lovers. 2005, Candlewick Press, Ages 9 to 15.
—Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-In these 14 short stories, the remarkable nature of the horse is revealed. There are difficult horses, such as the intimidating Orange Pony at the stable, a brumby in Australia, and the legendary Bucephalus. There are also dream horses, including the Native American "The Mud Pony." The selections featuring Black Beauty and Joey, a farm horse that is trained to be a war horse during World War I, are told from the animals' perspectives. There is a sad tale of a gentle mine pony ironically named Storm and a magical story of a unicorn. The offerings excerpted from novels work well as short stories here and may inspire readers to look for the full-length books. From the Mongolian steppes to Assateague Beach, each horse will win readers' hearts. This is an excellently conceived and executed collection with wonderful art (a full-page, full-color illustration per story). This book captures all of the romance and majesty of horses and their riders.-Carol Schene, Taunton Public Schools, MA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A fine gallop through a field full of horses takes readers from the feisty orange pony of the first story, past an Indian mud pony, Bucephalus, Black Beauty, Misty's forebears, a grey Welsh, a unicorn and a Medieval palfrey. It's a Breyer collection come to storybook life, complete with lush N.C. Wyeth-like illustrations in both color and black-and-white and a beautiful layout that makes it a perfect gift for any horse-crazy child. Some of the 14 selections are obvious-that particular piece of Black Beauty must be the most anthologized horse story ever-but others, all well-chosen, come from contemporary novels such as The Snow Pony and I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade; a few are short stories original to this volume. The best, Lincoln Steffens's "The Christmas Pony," captures lasting heartbreak and perfect joy in a single page. A blue-ribbon winner. (Anthology. 8-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763626570
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 7/12/2005
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 548,262
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.75 (w) x 10.14 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

June Crebbin is the author of a number of stories for children, including THE TRAIN RIDE and COWS IN THE KITCHEN. She lives in England, where, as a lifelong horse lover, she rides as often as possible.

Inga Moore has illustrated numerous children's books, including THE BOOK OF BEASTS by E. Nesbit and THE RELUCTANT DRAGON and THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS by Kenneth Grahame. Inga Moore lives in England.

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