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Call the Horse Lucky

Juanita Havill, Nancy Lane (Illustrator)


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Call the Horse Lucky presents the issue of horse neglect in simple, straightforward language and compelling illustrations that enable young readers to identify with the girl, Mel, and the horse, Lucky. When visiting her grandmother, Mel discovers a neglected horse. Moved by the sight of his sad, glazed eyes and protruding ribs, Mel initiates a rescue; the horse is transported to a rescue ranch, where Mel learns about horse care. She comes to realize that since she lives in town and her family can't afford the expense of a horse, she can't adopt Lucky. When Lucky recovers and moves to a horse therapy ranch, Mel is thrilled that she can volunteer there and continue to bond with the horse she helped save.

Call the Horse Lucky is for children from ages five through their teens. The reader learns that though he or she may not be able to own a horse, he or she can interact with horses in other ways, including volunteering at rescue or therapy facilities. The final page offers factual, accurate, comprehensive information about saving and caring for horses.

Juanita Havill is the author of over thirty children's books--picture books, early readers, poetry, and novels. Her novel in verse Grow won the 2009 Carol D. Reiser Children's Book Award.

Award-winning artist Nancy Lane has illustrated more than twenty children's books, including A Home for Dakota (The Gryphon Press, 2008), which won the Humane Society of the United States KIND Best Picture Book of the Year Award.

Gryphon Press - The Gryphon Press, 9780940719101, 24pp.

Publication Date: August 24, 2010

About the Author

Juanita Havill: Juanita Havill grew up in a small town in Southern Illinois. As a child she loved cats, dogs, horses, and books. Her family had many cats and dogs and she learned about horse ownership from taking care of her own horse Prince, with whom she spent many adventurous hours during her high school years. Her love of books led her to become a writer. Her first book Jamaica's Find illustrated by Anne Sibley O'Brien won the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award and was a Reading Rainbow book. Since then she has written over thirty children's books -- picture books, early readers, poetry, and novels. Her novel in verse Grow illustrated by Stanislawa Kodman won the 2009 Carol D. Reiser Children's Book Award and the Santa Monica Public Library Green Prize for Youth Fiction.