I Rode The Red Horse; Secretariat's Belmont Race

Summary:

Ron Turcotte, Secretariat's jockey, introduces us to Secretariat. He tells us about their race at the Belmont Stakes in 1973, when Secretariat won the Triple Crown.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

The story offers a re-cap of history in such a way that children can draw a story from it. Even if you don't know anything about horse-racing, you will enjoy the tale of a great race.

Content Awareness Factors:

None, really. The Afterword is clearly for the parents/adult readers.


Little Kid Reaction

Our preschooler enjoyed the story and asked us to read it several times. S/He was particularly enamoured of the illustrations.

Parent Reaction

This is a nice story. The illustrations are just fabulous and complement the simplicity of the story's presentation very well; particularly for this target audience.

Type of Book:
This is a picture book biography of Secretariat's history victory.
Educational Themes:

This is an illustrated account of Secretariat's race at Belmont. The details about the horse's speed and size are interesting, but only valuable as learning tools if your kids are around horses or racing.

Reading Level:
4.1
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 to 12
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 8
Age of child:
Started reading with 4½-year-old child.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. Even non-race fans will enjoy this first-person tale about an unmatched event in sports history.

Title I Rode the Red Horse: Secretariat's Belmont Race
Author Barbara M. Libby
Publisher Eclipse Press © 2003
Illustrators Barbara M. Libby
ISBN 1581500963
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.95
Genres Animal (Nonfiction), Sports, History
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