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Horse Song: The Naadam of Mongolia

Horse Song: The Naadam of Mongolia

Spring 2008 Non-Fiction
Ages: 6 - 10 yrs.
Author: Ted Lewin
Author: Betsy Lewin
Illustrator: Betsy Lewin
Illustrator: Ted Lewin
Publisher: Lee & Low Books
ISBN: 978-1-58430-277-3
Hardcover Price: $19.95
Fascinated by one of the last horse cultures on earth, Betsy and Ted Lewin wanted to chronicle the Mongolian summer horse-racing festival called the Naadam. They traveled for three days from Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, in a minivan over bumpy roadless steppes to reach the gers, (felt tents) the home to a camp of horse trainers. Their story tells of nine-year old Tamir, who is to race his special stallion, and of the young riders who must walk their horses behind a jeep until they reach the starting line fourteen miles away where a man holds a red flag.

The fine-line, realistic, watercolor illustrations in bright colors, frequently across double- page spreads, capture the essence of a people, their homes, the pandemonium of this special horse race, and the dust that envelops all.

Kemie Nix   ©2008 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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