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From School Library Journal

Starred Review. Kindergarten-Grade 3—McCarthy tells one of the most famous stories in horse-racing history through stylized cartoon illustrations that convey the excitement of the track. Many of the oil paintings are made to look like snapshots in a photograph album with sepia-tinged backgrounds and black corner mounts. The easy-to-read text delivers facts about Seabiscuit's "family"—his owner, trainer, and jockey—and about the big race. An author's note provides interesting anecdotes about each person involved in Seabiscuit's success and demonstrates how the underdog became a champion. This dynamic book is ideal for social-studies units on the Great Depression, and, as an engaging read-aloud, it could generate discussion on perseverance, kindness toward animals, and determination. While perhaps not a must-have, it will be enjoyed by a wide audience.—Nancy Baumann, Indian Paintbrush Elementary, Laramie, WY
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“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. Grades 1-3. --Andrew Medlar
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 480L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books; First Edition edition (October 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416933603
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416933601
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Publishers Weekly said "McCarthy's humor is right on target for mischievous younger readers." Her work has also been called "bold," "whimsical," "wacky," and "terribly amusing." Her nonfiction has been called "light hearted but well researched" and "action
packed."

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I can't wait to volunteer to read it to them again this year!
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Seabiscuit the Wonder Horse The illustrations here are so adorable and of course it's a wonderful story.
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The storyline had just the right amount of tension, making it fun and sparkly.
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Things are tough these days, but in the 1930s things were really tough. One of the things that people used to do for entertainment was going to racetracks to watch their favorite horses race. Seabiscuit was a goofy looking horse and not the likely sort of horse anyone would go to see. He was the type of horse who didn't want to do much of anything except eat and sleep.

"Who would want a racehorse like that?" Not me, but a man named Charles Howard did. "Silent Tom" Smith ended up being his trainer and John "Red" Pollard would be Seabiscuit's jockey. He was a wild and lazy horse, but things began to change because they had faith in him. Red really knew how to train a horse. Beating a horse didn't make sense to him, but being a friend did. Seabiscuit could run like the wind, but could he beat the mighty War Admiral? Red got in an accident the day before the big race. Ooooh, what was going to happen now?!

I loved the excitement of this story and Megan McCarthy's wide-eyed illustrations were humorous and very appealing. The storyline had just the right amount of tension, making it fun and sparkly. Was that big, gangly goofball of a horse actually going to beat the Triple Crown champion? This book is a few lengths ahead of many others of its type in fun department.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lori V on December 15, 2008
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The illustrations here are so adorable and of course it's a wonderful story. I bought one at the local bookstore then came back here for more in bulk to give as gifts for any future occasion. I have bought other horse racing books for children that miss the mark in terms of prose/grammar and solid story for their audience, or ones that just have really lame illustrations that I could have drawn better. But those were the only options. This book is the whole package. Not just for horse fans, mind you, a good story for anyone. Absolutely pleased with the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ronnie on October 7, 2011
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I use this book regularly for an early literacy reading program for the Kentucky Derby Museum. The text is very accessible - but not juvenile. McCarthy does a great job of capturing Seabiscuit's transformation from an also-ran to champion, and the people who worked with the horse (and believed in the horse to make this possible. The illustrations are top-notch as well - fun, but also capturing the historical elements. I don't come across many children's horse books that I like - this one is excellent and recommended.
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By LEF on February 8, 2015
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Love this book! Our horse-loving daughter is such a fan. She shared it with her class last year and her teacher loved it so much that we decided to surprise her with a copy for her classroom. The kids all loved the story, the pictures and got a special lesson in horse racing history. I can't wait to volunteer to read it to them again this year!
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By Deirdre F. Murphy on January 11, 2014
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Good, Nice book for fans of this story. It's not an award winner but enjoyable for a husband that likes racing and this tale to read to his son... When you read the same books over and over, pick a story you'll enjoy as well.
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We thought Seabiscuit the Wonder Horse was awesome! I would highly recommend it to anyone. The pictures were really illustrated the book quite nicely too.
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