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Children's LiteratureNewhouse writes about the horsey ballet with patriotism and passion. The text thoroughly documents the tradition and history of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. It opens with a description of the shiny black horses that the RCMP breeds for height, weight, and even temper. "Training begins the day a horse is born" and continues until the age of three when six to fifteen new horses (called remounts) become part of the "Ride." The training of the riders involves "spit and polish" discipline with strong roots in the British cavalry. Their three-year tour of RCMP duty includes 90 to 150 performances every season. Most moving of all is Newhouse's account of the Ride itself. He writes with the same subtle precision as the horses and riders he describes. The book provides a comprehensive resource for this unique international event. It offers an introduction to Canadian culture that will benefit school libraries. 2004, Tundra Books, Ages 7 up.