Horses

Racehorse in the Rain

By Ben Baglio

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"Did the rain really frighten Sparky at the race -- or was it something worse?" -- Amazon. Suggested for ages 9-12.
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Paint the Wind

By Pam Munoz Ryan

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After her overprotective grandmother has a stroke, Maya, an orphan, leaves her extremely restricted life in California to stay with her mother's family on a remote Wyoming ranch, where she discovers a love of horses and encounters a wild mare that her mother once rode. Suggested for ages 9-12.
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Black Beauty

By Anna Sewell

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A horse in nineteenth-century England recounts his experiences with both good and bad masters. Suggested fro ages 9-12.
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The Runaway Racehorse

By Ron Roy

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Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose investigate the disappearance of a valuable racehorse that Dink's uncle and his friend, Forest Evans, have just bought and entered in a race at Saratoga. Suggested for ages 9-12.
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Horses in the Wind

By Candice Ransom

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When the magical spyglass transports the three Chapman children to 1938 Maryland, they attend the race between two champion racehorses--War Admiral , the high-spirited favorite, and Seabiscuit, the western underdog. Suggested for ages 9-12.
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Black Stallion

By Walter Farley

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Young Alec Ramsay is shipwrecked on a desert island with a horse destined to play an important part in his life. Suggested for ages 9-14.
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National Velvet

By Enid Bagnold

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A fourteen-year-old English girl wins a horse in a raffle, trains it, and rides it in the Grand National steeplechase.
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King of the Wind

By Marguerite Henry

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Follows the adventures of the Arabian stallion brought to England to become one of the founding sires of the Thoroughbred breed and the mute Arab stable boy who tended him with loyalty and devotion all his life. Newbery winner. Suggested for ages 8-14.
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The Mythology of Horses: Horse Legend and Lore throughout the Ages

By Gerald and Loretta Hausman

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An extraordinary collection of myths and facts about horses, their honored place in human history, and the mystique that has surrounded them in cultures around the globe. Horses have always held a mystical sway over the human imagination; no other creature has inspired the same reverence or cross-cultural fascination. The Mythology of Horses offers a comprehensive look at horse breeds around the world, exploring their heritage, physical attributes, and place in human society, as well as the folklore, popular mythology, and true stories surrounding each breed.

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Walter Farley's Black Stallion Still a Winner

“Alec heard a whistle—shrill, loud, clear, unlike anything he had ever heard before. He saw a mighty black horse rear on its hind legs, its forelegs striking out into the air. A white scarf was tied across its eyes. The crowd broke and ran.”

Walter Farley first imagined the Black Stallion, a wild creature of blazing speed and mysterious origins, when he was a teenager and high school track star in 1930s. He kept working on the story, sometimes turning parts of it into class assignments at college. After graduation, he began writing for a New York advertising agency, but he still kept working on his horse stories.