Lifelong equestrian Hambleton makes an impressive outing as a first-time author of juvenile fiction, weaving her knowledge and love of horses, horsemanship and the world of competitive racing into a moving narrative that will keep fellow horse-loving readers of any age enthralled. Jill was not born in the 1960s. Yes, as a horse he gets moved around without any say in the matter, but discovering new lines of work, discovering new sports, is told from a very unique perspective that puts you into the heart of the character. Her work has received awards from the American Academy of Equine Art and the Kentucky Derby Museum, been featured on the cover of Chronicle of the Horse and in Spur, Equine Images and Country and Abroad magazines. Raja learns dressage and steeplechase.
And, while Raja seems to have a fantastical amount of experiences, those of us who know a little bit about retired racehorses know that their stories are rich, varied and oftentimes sad. The story of Raja is the story of many thoroughbreds: hard work, the joy of the run, and a tragic end to the only life that the animal, owners, and trainers know. But what happens when you don't win? She I could have done without. Some things that I found somewhat off putting were the differences between the thoughts of the horse and simple descriptions in the text. The E-mail message field is required. Scholastic Book Services who, like the Children's Book Club, did also produce som… I actually had no idea when I started reading the Jill books that a.
There are some wonderful pony book covers out there, and then there are the ones that stick in your mind for all the wrong reasons. He is terrified of lightning, and when a storm coincides with the start of a race, he has a terrible accident in the starting stalls. The author provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Like Black Beauty, this novel explains the special bonds between horses and riders, the horrors of some trainers and the unfortunate truth behind horse auctions. Raja manages to meet people along the way who see his outstanding qualities and potential. Responsibility: by Anne Hambleton ; with illustrations by Margaret Kauffman.
She knows what it feels like to gallop down to the post of the Maryland Hunt Cup, and she conveys those sensations to her readers with a sharp immediacy that is certain to delight and enthrall. Information is subject to change. Raja, Story of a Racehorse is now available in. For instance, some are set to work in fields, while others are police horses. I hope to see more from this debut author. He finished third in the Kentucky Derby that year, beaten only a length.
Mark of the Chieftain; 2. I did toss up whether the lure of the book loved in childhood would be enough to overcome the fact that, reading with a grownup eye, the book didn't work its old magic, and so the books I've gone for are ones I still pick up. This book raises serious issues: what happens to the legion of Thoroughbreds who do not succeed as racehorses? The 'site also will feature a Marketplace, Community and opps to exchange ideas about women in racing; equine welfare and rights and ways to make the sport both more nurturing for horses and more egalitarian for females. This is a 'pony point of view' book about what happens to a race horse when he can no longer cut the mustard on the track. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting.
This sets off a chain of events that sees Raja end up with a variety of owners, some good, some bad, and move from one purpose to another. Book is in Used-Good condition. Stumbling, falling, facing impossible odds, both come out champions. The story is narrated through the eyes of the horse and his horse friends have the ability to converse to him also. She lives in Millerton, New York.
In fact, my experience as an amateur steeplechase jockey and with re-training racehorses was the inspiration for writing the book, which is about second chances and never giving up. I went several times to research. Last summer Pimlico Racetrack held the first ever Thoroughbred-only horse show at a major track and they attracted over 800 entries, more than three times what they expected! He experiences many new masters, new training lessons and new locations, not all of them up to thoroughbred standards. Road to the Roses; Part2; 4. Finally, Raja finds himself in a stable belonging to a retired steeplechase jockey and his 16-year-old niece, where he finally has a chance to realize his destiny.
It's a dizzying account of just how quickly a horse can be cycled through homes and careers. We'll assume, for the sake of argument, that the five books are suitably packed in a waterproof container and make it to shore unscathed. The Children's Book Club edition had something copied, rather badly, from Mathilde Windisch-Graetz's The Spanish Riding School. Along the way, the elegant horse learns dressage, Cossack trick riding, the exhilarating art of steeplechase—and the depth of his own courage. I even found myself thinking more about my horse and his thoughts while reading this book. He illustrated the first Knight Jill paperbacks in the 1960s, and provided internal illustrations for three titles. The author was an amateur steeplechase jockey, and rode in the , which features in the story, so the detail is absolutely authentic.