From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4-With a best-selling book and a major motion picture, Seabiscuit has certainly regained celebrity status. This book centers on his rivalry with War Admiral that culminated in a two-horse race to determine the winner. A streamer between the illustration and text on each spread offers a brief description of the event as if it were being broadcast by an announcer. In the paragraphs below it, the author describes Seabiscuit's life from his early, less-than-stellar beginnings as a short-legged, seemingly uncooperative youngster until he was named the 1938 "Horse of the Year." The information is presented in a lively manner and is sufficient for brief reports. The illustrations wonderfully mirror the text using rich colors and eye-catching details such as a portion of a racetrack program and a vignette of the NBC newscaster. The horses are dynamically rendered. Seabiscuit's personality shines through, including his unique sleeping habits. One spread shows him sacked out for the night with his faithful stable mates that included a dog, a spider monkey, and a pony. A glossary of racing terms and brief information about the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Charities are included. Like Seabiscuit, this book is a winner.Carol Schene, Taunton Public Schools, MA
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About the Author
has worked as a zookeeper, animal trainer, and scriptwriter for exotic animal educational programs. She is the author of San Francisco's Famous Sea Lions
. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. Jo McElwee
is a Society of Illustrators award-winning artist. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.