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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

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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.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Vilasa Press (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097628099X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976280996
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,469,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 23, 2011
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"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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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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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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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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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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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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Living on a ranch in the middle of Santa Ynez Valley, Sandy Nathan tells the true adventure of her little colt, Tecolote, and its struggles to overcome great disability. Through the chronicling of her delightful photographs and endearing tale, we are allowed into the animal world to witness the results of the owner's love and nurturing for this helpless creature. Both adult and young readers will come away full of inspiration, new wisdom and encouragement about facing the seemingly insurmountable hurdles in life. A rich and warm tale we ride alongside as Tecolote develops into a strong and proud horse. The book is a perfect read for horse lovers, animal lovers and a special book for parents to cozy up and share with their children. Tecolote is a darling pictured story the reader won't soon forget.
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