TO H & L
Winter Shoes for Shadow Horse
Here's a book the whole family can -- and will -- enjoy!
Move over, Longfellow; "The Village Blacksmith" has some competition! Curl up for a cozy reading of a new poetic story. It's all about the night a boy and his horseshoer dad were called out to put winter shoes on a neighbor's gray work horse. When the boy gets to lend a hand, his eyes light up with the centuries-old magic of fire, steel, horse, and hammer.
There's even a description of ice nails! The book is an oversized children's picture book with all full-color artwork that are glorious watercolor paintings in vibrant colors, showing the glow of the forge, the anvil, and the shoeing forge. It's all quite realistic and the colors are warm. The horse is very well done.
One of the opening spreads, where the boy comes in from outside and sees his father working a toe clip on a draft horse shoe in front of a huge forge, is my favorite, although I love the horseshoeing scenes, too. I will find out whose forge was used by the artist! The forge hoods, shoeing boxes, oxy tanks, etc. are very realistic.
"Winter Shoes for Shadow Horse" by Linda Oatman High is beautifully illustrated by Ted Lewin. Thanks to the publisher for loan of the art.
I can't think of a better gift for anyone who loves shoeing or children or horses. Does that leave anyone out?
I wish I had written this book!!!
WINTER SHOES FOR SHADOW HORSE is available from Hoofcare Publishing for $16 plus $5 postage and handling ($10 outside USA). If you don't want to order online, you need to call, fax, or phone your order today!
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