Special Selections from Perrot's Youth Services Staff
The Belmont Stakes is coming up, so this month we've selected our favorite books about horses!
Seabiscuit: The Wonder Horse
written and illustrated by Meghan McCarthy
J 798.4 MCCAR
Seabiscuit the racehorse was lazy. He hated running. He was stubborn. But his jockey and trainer knew just what to do! Soon 'Biscuit began to win races. But would he be able to beat War Admiral, the fastest horse in history? A fun story to share with even the youngest horse lover. The illustrations-- especially Seabiscuit's bug eyes and eager horsey grin-- are a hoot.
Molly the Pony: A True Story
by Pam Kaster
J 636.1 KASTE
This is a wonderful book about survival and adapting to a new life and purpose. This is the story of Molly, a pony, who overcomes the odds of Hurricane Katrina and then later the amputation of her front leg. It is a story written for children but will touch all who read it. Molly's story reminds us that there is always hope. It inspires us to accept differences and promises that through change, positive things can happen.
by Patricia Reilly Giff
When Lidie moves from Brazil to New York to live with the father and brother she hasn't seen in five years, they still treat her like the little girl they left behind. Her father is a trainer at Belmont Racetrack but he has no idea that Lidie has become a strong rider herself since he last saw her. So when Pai buys a filly called Wild Girl to train, Lidie is determined to befriend and ride her-- even when no one else can tame her. Pat Giff is a two-time Newbery Honor winner and she is at the top of her game in this winning novel.
Misty of Chincoteague
by Marguerite Henry
A horse story for people who don't even particularly like horse stories, Misty of Chicoteague is the thrilling, heartwarming, and joyous tale of a brother and sister who dream of owning one of the wild horses from Assateague Island. Will their hard work and determination get them what they want? This gripping and unpredictable story will hold your interest until the very last page.
Fritz and the Beautiful Horses
written and illustrated by Jan Brett
Fritz is not beautiful like all the other horses, but he is gentle, kind and hard-working. He rescues the children when the other horses could not. A simple and endearing story which teaches children that true beauty is found inside.
Cowboy Ned and Andy
written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein
Cowboy Ned and his trusty horse Andy are almost done driving their cattle back to their home. At dinner on the last night, Cowboy Ned sighs and wishes he was home with his family, since tomorrow is his birthday. Andy wants Cowboy Ned to have a Happy Birthday, so he sets off to find a birthday cake in the middle of the desert. . Andy learns that it isn't always a gift that makes the day special, but spending the day with your friends. A lovely friendship story.
A Horse Named Paris
by Lynn Sonberg, photographs by Ken Robbins
J 636.1 SONBE
A Horse Named Paris captures the joy of owing a spirited dapple-gray gelding whose home is a small stable on Long Island. The book is illustrated with extraordinarily beautiful hand-tinted photographs. They give an enticingly romantic vision of horses from the daily tasks of currying and cleaning to the occasional canter down a beach.
The Best Horse Ever
by Alice DeLaCroix, illustrated by Ron Himler
This book tells the story of nine-year-old Abby, who is thrilled to acquire a beautiful horse named Griffin. She is puzzled, however, when her best friend, Devon, is afraid of this wonderful horse. Abby soon realizes that Griffin is so big-- and indeed hard to handle. Can she keep both her beloved horse and her best friend? This book teaches children about horses and friendship and will appeal to ages 6-10.
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