SECRETARIAT, a new movie from Walt Disney Pictures about the amazing racehorse that captured the Triple Crown in 1973, will release in theaters on October 8th. Perhaps the release will spur an interest in horse-related reads. Here's the description from Disney:
Against all odds, housewife and mother Penny Chenery (Diane Lane)—with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin (John Malkovich)—navigates the male-dominated horseracing business, ultimately taking Secretariat on a spectacular journey to become the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years and perhaps the greatest racehorse of all time.
After learning about this film I immediately wondered if there were any good children's books available about this racing legend. Two books caught my attention: a picture book, I Rode the Red Horse by Barbara Libby and a soon-to-be released book for young readers ages 12 and older titled, The Big Red Horse, The Secretariat Story by Lawrence Scanlan. I'm hoping to get my hands on the first title so that I can share it with my children, but it is out of print and very few libraries own it. There's also a coloring book, Great Racehorses (Dover Pictoral Archive) that includes several famous thoroughbreds including Secretariat. Life on a Horse Farm by Judy Wolfman and Racehorses by Michael Sandler also sound like something my kids might like, but neither look like they specifically mention Secretariat. Two books meant for adults might appeal to older children because they include photographs: Secretariat's Meadow and Secretariat by Raymond G. Woolfe, Jr. I'm actually a little disappointed in the children's book options featuring Secretariat. Perhaps after the movie appears in theaters, publishers will release more books about this interesting horse.
In my searches I did find a wonderful pdf lesson planning kit for educators about horse racing. Author Patsi B. Trollinger wrote it to correspond with her book about a famous jockey, but it contains a lot of general horse racing information and activities. For instance, did you know that thoroughbreds must be registered in a color category? -- Secretariat was a Chestnut.
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