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Children's LiteratureHorse lovers will delight in this collection of stories about five horses possessing mythical strength and power. The first story of an Arabian, "Abjer, the Horse of the Saharan Sands," dates back to The Thousand and One Nights. In "Snail, the Horse of the American Plains" a mustang that mostly lived up to its name is memorialized in a legend about a famous horse race. "Humpy, the Horse of the Russian Steppes" is a variation of "The Firebird and Princess Vasilisa," in which a Mongolian Pony performs magic and can change its shape. The Hausmans recount Gauguin's struggle with ghosts in Tahiti and the Timor who saved him in "Ghost Chaser, the Horse of the Tahitian Shadows." The last story, that of a Karabair horse of Central Asia, presents a part of the folk epic of the Armenian people, the tale of David of Sassoun. The writing style for each of these stories reflects the culture in which it was told and is as varied as the tales and the horses. The illustrations reflect the art styles of the cultures, thereby taking the reading visually and imaginatively to other times and other places. These stories make fine read alouds. There are notes on the stories and the writers' sources, as well as a note from the illustrator about his work. 2005, Dutton Children's Books/Penguin, Ages 8 to 12.