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SEABISCUIT THE WONDER HORSE by Meghan McCarthy

SEABISCUIT THE WONDER HORSE

By Meghan McCarthy (Author) , Meghan McCarthy (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 7

Pub Date: Oct. 28th, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-4169-3360-1
Publisher: Paula Wiseman/Simon & Schuster

In the late 1930s, when times were tough and people went to the races to escape, they fell in love with a small, funny-looking, underdog horse gentled and trained so well he beat the elegant War Admiral with an unfamiliar jockey in the saddle. The relatively simple text is characteristically and humorously illustrated by the author in cartoon-style, double-page acrylic paintings in muted colors; equally pop-eyed people and horses are emphasized with heavy black outlines. A short section describing Seabiscuit’s training is set up as a photo album, with black-and-white pictures against faux-yellowed paper and short descriptions of the major figures: owner Charles Howard, trainer “Silent Tom” Smith and John “Red” Pollard, his usual jockey. McCarthy develops Seabiscuit’s character in hoofbeat-like staccato sentences—“Seabiscuit was wild...Seabiscuit was lazy...Seabiscuit was angry and stubborn”—and explicitly draws the connection between the underdog racehorse and the down-on-its-luck public. An ample author’s note and sources fill in the story and point to further information. A winning introduction to the sport of kings for the read-aloud set. (Informational picture book. 4-7)