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The White Stallions: The Story of the Dancing Horses of Lipizza Library Binding – April, 1994

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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.

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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
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Library Binding: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Silver Burdett Pr (April 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0027590550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0027590555
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,292,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By William B. Dillon on October 25, 2013
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The pages of this book are rippled and the back of the dust cover is mottled. It does not look like new as was alleged. I wasn't expecting perfect though, so will keep it as I think my granddaughter will love the book itself.
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It's hard to find material on these beautiful horses so anything I can get is a bonus. I knew it was a juvenile book but sometimes they can be very informative.Thank you for offering it; it was in good shape, as well.
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By Aunt Mar on March 2, 2015
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