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Fritz and the Beautiful Horses

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  1,293 Ratings  ·  108 Reviews
Fritz, a pony excluded from the group of beautiful horses within the walled city, becomes a hero when he rescues the children of the city.

Book Details: Format: Library Binding Publication Date: 3/23/1981 Pages: 32 Reading Level: Age 4 and Up
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 23rd 1981 by Houghton Mifflin (first published 1981)
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Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Jan Brett is a hit-or-miss author/illustrator for me. Although I usually really enjoy her illustrations, and loved both story and pictures in some cases (Mossy, for example) sometimes her humans seem a bit "off" to me, or I don't connect with the story. So I was interested to read an early Brett with Fritz and the Beautiful Horses and I'm pleased to say I enjoyed it on the whole. Though I am a little tired of the underdog-having-to-become-a-hero-to-get-recognized storyline, I was happy that at l ...more
Sep 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
“Fritz and the Beautiful Horses” is another children’s book for the beautiful mind of Jan Brett and it is about how a not so pretty pony named Fritz proves to the haughty town of beautiful horses that anyone who has a good heart and is dependable can be beautiful no matter what. “Fritz and the Beautiful Horses” is definitely one of the best books about true beauty and courage that children will love for many years!

Two words to describe this book: beautiful and cute! Jan Brett has done an excelle
Linda Lipko
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am a person who cannot draw a straight line even when using a ruler. All the more reason why I appreciate the artistry of Jan Brett and her wonderfully illustrated books. Jan Brett is a prodigious author.

Writing and illustrating is quite a natural process for her. As a small child she loved to pretend she could enter the world created in illustrated books she read. Now, as an adult, she travels to various places throughout the world and uses these special travels as a springboard for her idea
A great hero story, and the pony is very cute in the illustrations. The book has an older (time-wise, not age) feel to the story and the pictures. I love Jan Brett, but sometimes I think her stories might read too slowly for story time audiences. At least for an older one who are squirmy after a whole day of school. Perhaps I will Book Talk this one instead. It's too good to pass up. I was a little disappointed that the town didn't learn the greater part of the lesson on outer and inner beauty. ...more
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Rena Sherwood
I know I read this several times when I owned it and yet I can't remember a darn thing about it except that I liked it (hence the three stars) and that the illustrations were fabulous. One day I may have to buy another copy to refresh my rapidly dwindling memory. It's not exactly Alzheimer's. It's more like half-zeimer's.

Sorry I can't remember more.


UPDATE: I found a replacement copy at (where else?) Amazon. It used to be Sydney's copy (jusdging by the name inked on the cover) but now it's mine,
Jan 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommended to Joan by: June Krell
This is a very early Jan Brett work, from 1981. It is charming and teaches the lesson that small can be just perfect. And that looks aren't everything. A walled city only allowed beautiful fancy horses inside its walls. Fritz was not a horse, but a pony, and definitely not beautiful. So he was outside the walls. One day the bridge to the city broke with the kids outside and the citizens (presumably the parents?) inside. So how were the kids to get to the citizens? Fritz to the rescue! You can se ...more
Oct 08, 2015 rated it liked it
A shallow beauty-obsessed society faces a potential danger. (view spoiler) ...more
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love Jan Brett's typical illustrations and busy borders that hint at what is to come. But with this sweet story of Fritz, a pony who is not beautiful or beloved by the townspeople, the simpler illustrations with more muted colors and more white space were perfectly suited to convey the emotions that Fritz experienced, the pride and haughtiness of the other horses, and the changing relationship between Fritz and the children. I think that this story can remind us that each of us has something v ...more
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A lovely story of how differences in ability and looks does not mean uselessness. The beautiful horses prance and dance and are good for show, but when a study, reliable, friendly horse was needed, then short, scruffy-looking Fritz saves the day. Jan Brett's art work is always good although in this book you can see that her talent is just beginning. Still, a keeper, and one I would keep on my shelves to read to my grandchildren.
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With over thirty three million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.
As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, "I reme
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