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Friday, March 4, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: White Stallion of Lipizza

TITLE: White Stallion of Lipizza
AUTHOR: Marguerite Henry
ILLUSTRATOR: Wesley Dennis
DATE OF PUBLICATION: 2008 (first published 1964)
FORMAT: Paperback, 111 pages
GENRE: Juvenile Fiction, Historical Fiction
ISBN: 978-1887840293


The magnificent Lipizzan stallions of Vienna come to life as never before in this exciting story by award-winning author, Marguerite Henry.

A young boy named Hans dreams of one day working with the famed stallions of Lipizza. But coming from a family of bakers, Hans is discouraged from ever becoming a rider. That is, until the day he is invited to watch the extraordinary Ballet of Lipizzaners -- from the Imperial Box! -- and his life is changed forever.

Marguerite Henry artfully weaves authentic details about the skillful training of both horse and rider, as she unfolds the story of Hans and his beloved Lipizzan stallion, Borina.

The brilliance of Hans's dazzling public performances and his devotion to the art of classical riding make this story uniquely rich in history and horsemanship -- a story to be treasured by horse lovers of all ages.


I read this book aloud to my daughters.

We loved this book! My elder daughter especially loves horses and riding, so she was particularly interested in the details that Henry provided with regards to training of both the horses and riders.

This inspirational book teaches that dreams can come true through hard work and perseverance. Hans did, at times, feel discouraged but he persisted. We should all work hard to attain our goals, which is a good value for young children to learn.

MY RATING: 4 stars!

This book qualifies as:
#12 for my 2011 100+ Reading Challenge
#1 for my What an Animal Reading Challenge IV


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