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Kingfisher Book of Horse and Pony Stories
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Kingfisher Book of Horse and Pony Stories

by Jenny Oldfield
 

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Now in paperback "these well-written and sensitively selected stories" (School Library Journal) will take readers on the ride of a lifetime. Sure to appeal to horse lovers, this treasury explores the world of these magnificent animals and the special relationship that they share with their riders. Carefully chosen by equestrian expert Jenny Oldfield, this

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Now in paperback "these well-written and sensitively selected stories" (School Library Journal) will take readers on the ride of a lifetime. Sure to appeal to horse lovers, this treasury explores the world of these magnificent animals and the special relationship that they share with their riders. Carefully chosen by equestrian expert Jenny Oldfield, this collection includes twelve moving stories full of warm humor and exhilarating adventures. Powerful full-color illustrations by leading artists make this a perfect gift for horse enthusiasts of all ages.

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VOYA
Comprising a collection that runs from historical fiction to fantasy, this handsomely presented volume will appeal to young horse lovers. Each story features a youthful protagonist, the majority of whom are girls. Bobbi, the thirteen-year-old daughter of a ranch owner loses her Appaloosa, La Gata, when the mare is horribly injured in a fall down a mountainside, only to gain a new horse when her father's chief hand retires after his last roundup. Klaus and Hans, rival students at Vienna's famed Spanish Riding School, discover that hard work and the ability to learn from their mistakes are the keys to success. A carousel slated for demolition lures Suzie into one last magical ride where her pony springs to life and leaves the carousel forever. This collection's creative, full color illustrations add life and beauty to the stories. Although the twelve anecdotes feature a variety of plots and settings, their idealism and overall nanvetT will appeal to Saddle Club fans or readers of Oldfield's Horses of Half Moon Ranch series. Older, more equine knowledgeable teens might be critical of the occasional inaccuracies (for example stating that a broken rein would allow the bit to drag near the ground) and too simple, saccharine endings. Find a spot on the shelf in your children's department where this book can find a wider audience. Reviewer: Nancy K. Wallace
Children's Literature
Relationships between horses and the girls who love them are celebrated in twelve unrelated short stories. The first and last entries were written by Jenny Oldfield, and the others have different authors. Settings vary throughout time and space, with the stories occurring in such diverse places as ranches in the United States, a breeding stable in medieval Japan, and a riding school in Austria. Most of the stories are realistic, although there are a few fantasy episodes which provide a bit of intrigue. Each story features a girl or young woman overcoming an obstacle or achieving some aspect of maturity through her association with a special horse. Full-color illustrations created by different artists add to the appeal and overall appearance of the book. Sure to be a favorite with horse-loving readers in upper elementary and middle schools. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Twelve touching short stories celebrate the special bond between horses and the people who love them. There is a fine mixture of contemporary, fantasy, and historical fiction. The tales effectively portray the various roles that horses have played around the world and include the adventurous encounter between Alexander and Bucephalus; a horse in Japan that is sent off to war; and a rivalry in Vienna at the stable of the Lipizzaners. In another, a girl proves her loyalty for an elderly pony; and two stepsisters learn to accept one another through their interaction with a horse. From police mounts to carousel steeds, the horses change lives. Superb, expressive illustrations capture the unique physical characteristics of each equine and evoke the passion of the humans with whom they interact. These well-written and sensitively selected stories will appeal to readers who are looking for some unforgettable animals and their human companions.-Carol Schene, Taunton Public Schools, MA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher

“Sure to be a favorite with horse-loving readers in upper elementary and middle schools.” —Children's Literature

“Comprising a collection that runs from historical fiction to fantasy, this handsomely presented volume will appeal to young horse lovers...This collection's creative, full color illustrations add life and beauty to the stories...Find a spot on the shelf in your children's department where this book can find a wider audience.” —VOYA

“There is a fine mixture of contemporary, fantasy, and historical fiction...Superb, expressive illustrations capture the unique physical characteristics of each equine and evoke the passion of the humans with whom they interact. These well-written and sensitively selected stories will appeal to readers who are looking for some unforgettable animals and their human companions.” —School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753461563
Publisher:
Kingfisher
Publication date:
11/15/2007
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
7.91(w) x 10.46(h) x 0.46(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Jenny Oldfield is a horse enthusiast and a best-selling author of children's fiction, including the Horses of Half-Moon Ranch series, with more than a million copies of her books sold around the world.

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