Winter Shoes for Shadow Horse

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A boy hears the ringing of a hammer in the evening air. He follows the sound to the blacksmith shop where the fiery forge makes it a warm place on a winter's night. The boy watches as his father pounds steel on an anvil. Tonight he is making shoes for Shadow Horse. When the big horse arrives, led by his owner, he stomps and whinnies. Then, after a few pats on his broad back and a sugar-cube treat, Shadow Horse settles down. The father lifts the left hoof and the shoeing begins. The night will be a special one ...
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Overview


A boy hears the ringing of a hammer in the evening air. He follows the sound to the blacksmith shop where the fiery forge makes it a warm place on a winter's night. The boy watches as his father pounds steel on an anvil. Tonight he is making shoes for Shadow Horse. When the big horse arrives, led by his owner, he stomps and whinnies. Then, after a few pats on his broad back and a sugar-cube treat, Shadow Horse settles down. The father lifts the left hoof and the shoeing begins. The night will be a special one for the boy, when his father helps him shoe his first horse. Linda Oatman High's beautiful story depicts the loving bond between parent and child, while Ted Lewin's luminescent illustrations capture the heat and flickering shadows of a blacksmith shop one cold night in winter.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The look, almost the taste and smell, of a blacksmith's shop in winter is detailed as a young boy learns from his father to shoe his first horse. After doing two shoes, the father gives him his chance, then presents him with his first horseshoe to save. The spare text conveys the feelings of the son for his father. Lewin's double-page, naturalistic paintings reinforce the boy's attentive observations and the interconnectedness of the humans and the animal. The fire provides the main source of light, sometimes accompanied by the full moon; deep shadows and red reflections carve the figures in space. 2001, Boyds Mills Press, $15.95. Ages 5 to 8. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-A memorable story of a blacksmith's son who shoes his first horse. The young narrator describes the night his father assures and guides him through the process of shoeing Shadow Horse. The direct structure of the narrative is remarkably rich in sensual elements, capturing the smell of red-hot iron and the hammer's ringing rhythms. This explanation of the blacksmith's craft will find an appreciative audience above and beyond horse fans. Lewin's light-filled paintings feature scenes seeped in fiery rose or moonlit blush on double-page spreads.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563974724
  • Publisher: Highlights Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,433,890
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD500L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.18 (w) x 10.66 (h) x 0.22 (d)

Meet the Author


Linda Oatman High is the author of the picture books Barn Savers (illustrated by Ted Lewis), Beekeepers (illustrated by Doug Chayka), and The Christmas Star (illustrated by Ronald Himler). Her novels include Maizie; Hound Heaven; The Summer of the Great Divide; and A Stone's Throw from Paradise. She lives in Narvon, Pennsylvania.

Ted Lewin has illustrated more than one hundred books for children, including Peppe the Lamplighter by Elisa Bartone, for which he was awarded the Caldecott Honor; and The Always Prayer Shawl by Sheldon Oberman, which received the National Jewish Book Award. Mr. Lewin lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife Betsy.

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