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Seabiscuit the Wonder Horse

by Meghan  McCarthy

Published by A Paula Wiseman Book / Simon & Schuster, 2008
32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4169-3360-1

Ages 5-9

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The underdog story of Seabiscuit the racehorse is brilliantly articulated to a young audience with the expressive words and paintings of author/illustrator Meghan McCarthy. Seabiscuit, cartoonishly depicted with googly eyes and full-teeth grin, began his career as anything but a champion. However, with the belief of his owner, the bond with his jockey, and the intuitive care of his trainer, the once lazy horse grew sleek and fast. REAL FAST. Explaining the tough times of the 1930s, McCarthy shows how fans identified with the misfit horse: “…a horse that looked just like them! Beat-up. Imperfect. An underdog. A horse with courage!” A heartwarming and humorous story, complete with an informative author’s note and source list, Seabiscuit will likely infect young readers with “Seabiscuit-itis”—a malady of the times. (TM) ©2008 Cooperative Children’s Book Center

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