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Magic Hoofbeats: Horse Tales from Many Lands

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Lose yourself in the world of the equestrian with this unique, beautifully illustrated anthology of stories about magical, mystical and memorable horses. Bringing together stories from many different traditions and containing fascinating notes about the different breeds, this book is guaranteed to become a much treasured volume in any child s collection. A must for horse l ...more
Hardcover, 79 pages
Published September 8th 2005 by Barefoot Books (first published September 1st 2004)
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Magic Hoofbeats is a collection of folktales focused specifically on horse tales. Sherman is very clear that she hasn't even included any tales in which the horses are actually transformed people but only those in which the horse is a horse all the way through. The selection covers only North America, Europe, and Asia, but several cultures within each of these continents are included. An opening two-page spread introduces each story with a full-page illustration of the horse breed selected and a ...more
This was a fun book to read: there were several folk tales from various places all over the world, but before each story, there was a well-written and interesting summary about the breeds of horses in the area the story is from, including what part horses have played in that culture over the centuries. The beautiful illustrations were stylized in a charming way.

My favorite story was "The White Mare" from the Basque region. It was very unique in being one of the few stories about a female heroine
If you have a horse loving child in your home, this is an excellent variation on the theme of classic horse stories. This book is full of great fairy tale horses and their inexplicable tendency to help those silly humans. It reminds me of Gulliver's Travels in some ways. These horse tales are from many lands, the art work is well done, and the stories long enough to satisfy a hungry reader. A beautiful book that won me many points as a mommy who understands, lol.
Tales of magic horses from North America, North India, the Basque Country, Russia, French Canada, Albania, Iran and Hungary. My favorite line comes from the Iranian story:

"Not with one heart but a hundred hearts did she fall in love with him..."

Like horses? Like magic? Read it! Just not to a toddler...
I am a storyteller with an inability to find delightful stories that I want to retell. ughh.
People who are into horses may REALLY like this book.
Find permanent copy for mom.
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Josepha Sherman was an American author, folklorist, and anthologist. In 1990 she won the Compton Crook Award for the novel The Shining Falcon.
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