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Surfer Dude: The Legendary Stallion of Chincoteague

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Destined for fame, Surfer Dude is known to many who looked for this colt while crossing the bridge to Assateague Island and the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. The story of this beloved wild stallion, who cared for his herd of mares over a lifetime on Chincoteague Island, is beautifully illustrated in vivid detail, from his distinctive blue eye to his white star and ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published June 28th 2017 by Schiffer Publishing
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Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review

To be honest, this is the time of horse book that I normally hate. There is a bit too much romanticism to be honest, and the ending sequence is bit too sugary.

Yet, and it is a big yet.

Yet, this is actually pretty good. Part of this is the afterword where Szymanski acknowledges that the story is romanticized This furthered not only by a summary of actual facts but also a page identifying the other horses, each with a brief biog
Clare O'Beara
This is a good book for young readers which describes the way of a life for a genuine feral stallion on the coastal island of Assateague. The story is nicely told and illustrated on almost every page, bringing the salt grass and wind into the room.

I love that each page shows other wildlife as well, demonstrating that shore birds, squirrels and more all benefit from the nature sanctuary. We are shown the pony swim to Chincoteague and how the sales of some ponies pay for the upkeep of the remaind
This is a delightful, child friendly, romanticised version of a true story. Surfer Dude was a wild stallion who grew up and lived for twenty three years on the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. This beautifully illustrated book relates his story from growing up there to being a celebrity horse who most visitors recognised. He grew up to lead his own group of mares and this story pays tribute to this much loved horse who died in 2015.

The superb combination of text and fantastic illustrations
Beth Cato
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, children-s, horse
The publisher provided me with a gratis copy of the book. This does not impact my review.

This book provided me with a welcome opportunity to revisit Chincoteague and Assateague, places I have adored and yearned to visit since my horse-obsessed years reading Marguerite Henry's books about Misty, Stormy, and other island ponies. Surfer Dude was a beautiful, very real stallion in recent years whose handsome, distinct looks made him a favorite among locals and visitors alike. This book recounts the
Carla Johnson-Hicks
As a child I loved reading Misty of Chincoteague and other books by Marguerite Henry. When I read this story, it brought back those memories. This story is for a younger audience than these other ones and therefore the story is a bit romanticized, as the author discusses in the afterward, but it describes the situation on Assateague Island well for younger children.

Surfer Dude is a beautiful foal with one blue and one brown eye. The daughter of one of the Cowboys falls in love with him and names
Melanie Dulaney
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Szymanski does a good job taking the story of the Assateague ponies and making an easier read than those timeless classics of Marguerite Henry. Horse fans will enjoy reading about real life Surfer Dude, his herd of ponies and the legacy of those animals that followed him. Fans of Henry's books will be a little less thrilled as the shorter, easier to read book lacks the depth of characters and rich history of the island ponies, but I will be purchasing this book knowing that my 4th-5th grade read ...more
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So as a non-parent, I don't typically read children's books, but when I had the opportunity to request a copy of this book, I was very excited to receive the chance to review it. Assateague Island is one of my favorite places on earth, and I have been able twice to take part in Pony Penning activities, and also go camping among the wild horses on the Maryland end of the island. Surfer Dude was legendary, and I remember how sad I was to learn of his passing. I later heard stories of how the membe ...more
Lissa Hawley
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the copy I received in exchange for an honest review.

On the one hand, I am clearly not the target audience for this book, as it is mostly a children's picture book. On the other hand, if there were a secondary audience for this type of book (and there is) I would be part of it.

I loved Marguerite Henry as a child, I even have a copy of Misty of Chincotegue signed by Maureen Beebe from a trip we took to Assateague when I was a teenager, so while I don't
J Aislynn d'Merricksson
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
***This book as reviewed for Schiffer Kids via Netgalley

Surfer Dude is a beautifully illustrated children's book that tells the story of a real horse, a stallion named Surfer Dude who lived on Chincoteague. With a beautiful brown coat, pale blonde mane and tail, and a most unusual blue eye, this gentle horse became beloved of thousands who visited Chincoteague and Assateague. He was so mild-mannered that he tolerated his son staying within his herd for longer most stallions would. Like lions, st
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This gorgeous picture book tells the true story of “the Legendary Stallion of Chincoteague.” Wild ponies live on Assateague Island, near Chincoteague. Each year, cowboys round up the herds to sell the foals. Surfer Dude is chosen to stay on the island and lead his own herd. Lois Szymanski’s tale follows Surfer Dude’s life from birth through adulthood.

The illustrations in this book are wonderful. Many of the pictures are full spreads showing Surfer Dude with his family. This is an excellent choic
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Surfer Dude is a wonderful story about one of the most highly sought after sightings of a Chincoteague Pony. He was a gentle stallion and his story will warm your heart. Lois Szymanski writes a beautiful story about Surfer Dude. Linda Kantjas' illustrations are beautiful. Mrs. Szymanski also includes a wonderful glossary of some of the wildlife, etc. on the island. A great book for anyone who loves horses and ponies.
Richelle Zirkle
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This romanticized story of Surfer Dude, a beloved Chincoteague stallion, is sure to appeal to young horse lovers. It describes the annual round up and the life of the herd in a way that's easy for young readers to understand. The accompanying illustrations are very well done and serve to bring the story to life.

I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Absolutely loved it! This sweet and charming book about a gentle, loving stallion will melt your heart. I loved this story so much and the artwork was drop-dead gorgeous. I also loved the little game at the back and the information on the herd members and animals. I highly recommend this book for all ages. 5 Stars!

joyce w. laudon
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a very touching and moving book for children and their adults. I rate it highly! The illustrations are warmly appealing and add resonance to the story. Lois Szymanski tells the reader about Surfer Dude, one of the Chincoteague ponies. Those who know Chincoteague may have read books like Misty of Chincoteague. For those who don't know, Chincoteague is a special place where wild ponies live. In this book, the reader watches Surfer Dude from the time he is named as a pony until he dies twen ...more
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Lois K. Szymanski has written numerous books for young readers featuring horses and the children who love them. She lives on a small farm in Westminster, Maryland, with her husband and two daughters.

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