Seabiscuit: The Wonder Horse
Seabiscuit: The Wonder Horse
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Annotation: As Seabiscuit prepared to face War Admiral, the top racehorse in the country, the entire nation was wondering if Seabiscuit could beat the Triple Crown champion.
Catalog Number: #32450
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2008
Edition Date: 2008
Pages: 40
Availability: Available (Limited Quantities Available / While Supplies Last)
ISBN: Publisher: 1-416-93360-3 Perma-Bound: 0-605-22526-5
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-416-93360-1 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-22526-8
Dewey: 798.40092
LCCN: 2008006729
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
"Seabiscuit-itis" is a rare topic for children's books, but the saga of this underdog, er, horse, makes a compelling story for kids. Here, McCarthy provides a lively if diffuse introduction to the famous animal; his owner, trainer, and jockey; and the excitement he gave to Americans during the Great Depression. McCarthy's stylized acrylic art is less successful here than in previous offerings, often appearing too static for illustrations about racing. Regardless, young horse lovers will be attracted to the visual caricature of Seabiscuit and cheer him on through this courageous triumph-over-adversity tale. The book's climax is, naturally, the big race against War Admiral, and the happy ending is followed by extensive author notes and a list of sources that includes a link to a video of this 70-year-old battle full of drama and exhilaration.
Horn Book
During the Great Depression, people needed something to lift their spirits. Seabiscuit, the washed-up racehorse turned champion, became the inspiration for millions. McCarthy's chunky acrylic illustrations, featuring big-eyed, blocky humans and equines, bring out the animal's goofiness but also capture the excitement as Seabiscuit blows past War Admiral to win a big race. An author's note gives additional background. Bib.
Kirkus Reviews
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)
School Library Journal
Adult/High School-This well-written and compelling book celebrates the life of a racehorse that just happened to be a descendant of Man O' War. It is a story of a huge talent that almost went unrecognized until the right people came along. According to descriptions, Seabiscuit was a runt, with stubby legs, an odd walk, and a lazy nature. However, he became so popular that he drew more news coverage than President Roosevelt, Hitler, or Mussolini. The atmosphere surrounding his historic match with War Admiral was so intense that FDR kept advisors waiting as he listened with the rest of the country to hear the outcome. Hillenbrand also tells the stories of owner Charles Howard, trainer Tom Smith, and jockey Red Pollard and the part each man played in the recognition and development of a racing legend. But the book is much more. Seabiscuit is a story of the times and it is a story of the hard and dangerous life of a jockey. Even readers with no interest in the sport will be hooked with the opening sentence of the book's preface. Hillenbrand does a wonderful job in bringing an unlikely winner to life.-Peggy Bercher, Fairfax County Public Library, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Word Count: 1,579
Reading Level: 4.0
Interest Level: 1-4
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.0 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 125000 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.6 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q45063
Lexile: AD480L

It's Seabiscuit vs. War Admiral in the race of the century!

Seabiscuit was the grandson of one of the greatest racehorses of all time, but he'd lost practically every race he'd ever run. Who would want a funny-looking racehorse on a losing streak? Enter Charles Howard -- automobile tycoon, risk taker, and racing aficionado -- who scooped up Seabiscuit for a bargain price.

With the support and care of a clever new trainer and a loving jockey, 'Biscuit began winning bigger and bigger races. Then came the biggest race of all. As Seabiscuit prepared to face War Admiral, the top racehorse in the country, the entire nation was on the edge of its seat: Could Seabiscuit really beat the Triple Crown champion?

This true story of hope and determination will inspire readers of all ages!

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