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Product Details

  • Paperback: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Vilasa Press (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097628099X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976280996
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,755,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

5 stars out of 5:  Tecolote: The Little Horse That Could is a warm inspirational true story about a magnificent animal . . . This story will appeal to both children and adults.                                               --Midwest Book Review

Tecolote: The Little Horse That Could, a true story intended for children. It is Juvenile Nonfiction; its awards are primarily in children's and juvenile categories. The book is sized for youngsters, 8" X 10" and is 44 pages long, appropriate for a child's book. Many adults find it inspiring. Vilasa Press

From the Author

I invite you to read Tecolote: The Little Horse That Could. To me, Tecolote represents everything a horse should be. He was loyal and steadfast, trustworthy to a fault. Tecolote ended up being my personal horse. He brought riding back into my life at a time when I'd been sidelined by injuries and surgery to repair them. I'd been diminished by all the surgery and pain that went with it. Tecolote gave me my boldness back. I think boldness is something people need more than anything if they are to be all they were meant to be.

Tecolote gave me those gifts, and gave all of us the gift of the story of his early life that is recorded in his book. When he'd done that, Tecolote left this earth. My beloved Teco died of heart failure in early May, 2011, just days before his tenth birthday. It broke my heart. The vets said that what happened had nothing to do with his prematurity.

Teco's death was surrounded by heartache and joy. We received notice that his book had won the 2011 Silver Nautilus in Juvenile Nonfiction (Grades 1 - 6) the day before we found out his heart was failing. During the next few weeks, the book contests announced their awards. I alternated between joy over the awards  his book won and despair over his deteriorating condition.

Finally, Tecolote's great heart could stand no more. Teco is gone, but his book remains.

I'd rather have the horse, but at least I can share the book with you.

More About the Author

When you read the About the Author portions of books, they usually sound as though the writer is sequestered on the far side of the moon, leaving an all-knowing narrator to hand out propaganda. I'm going to tell you the real story, heart to heart.

I was born to be a princess. I was a princess, for a while. My parents overcame the poverty of their youth by becoming extremely successful. My hometown was one of the most affluent places in the country. Giant oaks, old mansions, and flashy cars surrounded me. I spent my time showing horses and water-skiing behind my dad's obscenely overpowered boat.

Princess Sandy died when a drunk driver hit my father head-on in 1964, killing him. Those words aren't enough. My father died of suffocation, as bloods clots from his massive internal injuries broke loose and lodged in his lungs.

My old life vanished. Through structures and systems I will not describe, I lived at a below poverty level income for a while. I could qualify for food stamps, yet I worried that I wasn't doing enough charitable work. My brain still thought I was upper class.

What happened in the coming years opened my eyes. I've seen and lived the over-privileged existence I describe in the Bloodsong Series. I've seen how ephemeral its rewards are and how it warps those who are trapped by it. I've seen how it masks mental illness.

Want to know why a San Francisco-born, Silicon Valley-raised woman is so obsessed with Native Americans? After I'd drafted a few thousand pages of the Bloodsong books, I had this giant Ahah! At least half of the characters were Native Americans. Why? I don't think I'd ever seen an Indian.

I realized that had lived the lite version of what happened to Native Americans. They had the kingdom--the entire continent--and lost it. I know how that feels. They were treated abominably for centuries, and had the worst abused hurled at them. They were asked, "What's the matter with you? Why aren't you doing better, you lazy bums?" I know all about that, too.

My writing has a bite. My life has had a bite. Recovering from what happened to me has taken many years. And I have recovered. What was legitimately mine came back to me, along with the fruit of my own labor. If your life echoes mine, you might like to see how I healed; it's in my books.

My writing isn't for everyone. I write about people getting better and the world working out, but its not always gentle and nice. A reviewer described my Mogollon as "equal parts horror, spiritual, romance, and action." If that's for you, you're my reader.

I write visionary fiction, which is about making the world a better place. Why that with the bio above? I have had huge spiritual experiences all my life, as well as gentler ongoing guidance. Whatever is behind them and this earthly life wants me to tell you about them.

Now for my "regular bio": I've been in school a very long time and have two advanced degrees. I've had prestigious careers. My writing has won twenty-four national awards. I'm very happily married; my husband and I have been together forty years. I have three grown children and two grandchildren. We live on our California horse ranch and love it.

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It would be a great gift book for horse lovers of all ages.
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It makes the experience real for the reader, especially if the reader is young.
Mike Murnane
The pictures in the book are beautiful and very expressive.
Just Me

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Guinevive Parkyr on February 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
"Tecolote: The Little Horse That Could" by Sandy Nathan is an inspiring tale of a foal who overcame the odds and planted himself firmly in the hearts of any who hear about him. This story shows just how love and nurturing can help to achieve goals that we might not have been able to otherwise. The photos that help to tell this story are complimentary and complete the experience. This heart-warming story is perfect for children, horse lovers and just about anyone else!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
"Tecolote" is such a wonderful story about how a horse overcomes immense challenges just to stay alive. When he is born early trouble ensues. Even his mother Rosie refuses to let anyone close enough to help the newborn colt. Left with few options, he remained in the field all night in the bitter cold until more help could arrive in the morning. Soon Tecolote is up on his feet and learns to run and play. Sandy Nathan is such a good story teller you will be captivated from the first word until the last. She has included adorable pictures which make the story come alive. This is such a warm and amusing tale it made me laugh out loud a few times. I loved how Sandy Nathan explains how horses grow up and need special attention to be well mannered and tame. This is not just a children's book, it will be enjoyed by people of all ages. What a lovely book. It is cute and funny and an absolute delight!

~The Rebecca Review
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JessicaSchley on January 5, 2011
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Tecolote is the Spanish word for owl. The main character in this book was as wise as an owl. He was born with a challenge: crooked legs. This book would be the perfect gift for any child who has been born with challenges which they need support and encouragement to overcome. Tecolote is a roll model for children and adults, in how to get on in life successfully without the best start.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike Murnane on February 2, 2011
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I was given this book by a good friend. I picked it up to glace through and as was immediately fascinated by it. I could not stop thinking how wonderful this would be for my grandchildren, especially a girl who is nine. Many children dream of having a horse, kind of like a fantasy. I dreamed of being a cowboy when I was young. This book makes the dream real. What young horses look like, how they are cared for and what they do when they are born and start to grow. How horses make friends with other horses, how they are trained and the many things they must learn. How much work and responsibility it is for people to own, feed, train and care for horses. It is a glimpse into the life of a horse and their owner. It makes the experience real for the reader, especially if the reader is young.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zippora Karz on January 18, 2011
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I absolutely loved this book! This is not just a story for children or animal lovers. And it is more than a story about a young colt who almost didn't make it, and how difficulties in life can turn into blessings. Through Tecolote's journey we feel the love of a mother for her child, (horse for filly and colt), how to find friends, play with them, and create mischief as well. And we see how through losses in life, we find strength in ourselves and in others. I loved that the author used real photographs of the horses. This is a story for any age. I cried and laughed and marveled at all the ways love can be expressed in our lives.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Just Me on January 10, 2011
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This was a wonderful, sweet, touching little book. Tecolote came into this world early and not in the best condition. With love he was able to overcome his difficulties and grow into a beautiful horse. Reading his story was a real treat. The pictures in the book are beautiful and very expressive. He overcame many obstacles and brought so much happiness into the lives of those around him.

This is a terrific book for little ones and big ones too. It shows how animals have so much to offer us and teach us. In my opinion this is a must read for any animal lover. I have never owned a horse or even ridden one but I fell in love with Tecolote as soon as I open this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L.C. Evans VINE VOICE on January 9, 2011
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Tecolote was born prematurely and almost didn't make it. But the little horse showed courage and an incredible will to survive. This is his story. Tecolote had to overcome not only a premature birth on a freezing night, but he had a problem with his front legs that made it difficult for him to stand.

The book is beautifully illustrated with photos of Tecolote and the other horses on the farm. It would be a great gift book for horse lovers of all ages. Tecolote: The Little Horse That Could is written simply enough so children can read it themselves, but it will also appeal to adults.
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