From School Library Journal
Grade 5-9-Relics of the age of the baroque, the Lipizzan stallions continue to enchant horse lovers. This title retells their romantic saga, focusing on the drama of their near-extinction in the final days of World War II. Van der Linde places the breed in equestrian history, and describes the horses' traits, breeding, and training at Vienna's Spanish Riding School. Readers of Marguerite Henry's White Stallion of Lipizza (Macmillan, 1994) and those who have seen the Disney movie will provide an audience for this book. However, pass on it if collections include Philippe Dumas's The Lipizzaners (Prentice-Hall, 1981; o.p.) or My Dancing White Horses (Holt, 1965; o.p.) by the school's famous director, Alois Podhajsky. Compared to these earlier titles, this current entry rehashes the same material (repeating events from Podhajsky's autobiography) and uses photos seen in previous volumes. The often florid style ("the ostinato of creaking saddles") includes some stilted language and the detailed narrative of wartime events may not interest horse fans.Charlene Strickland, formerly at Albuquerque Public Library, NM
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Gr. 6-8. Van der Linde traces the history of the famous Austrian Lipizzans from their origins as breeding horses for the Hapsburgs and their court to the present day. The most interesting sections of the book focus on how the horses were protected from the Germans and the Allied forces during World War II and on the rigorous training the horses and their riders undergo before being allowed to appear in public. Horse lovers will appreciate the author's research into the breed's bloodlines; browsers will find the description of the animals' survival as intriguing as an adventure story. Technical terms are highlighted and defined in the text, then redefined in a glossary. The book is illustrated with black-and-white photographs. Chris Sherman