Monday, September 13, 2010

Secretariat Giveaway - Plus a few children's books about the racehorse

After browsing our entire home library, I recently discovered that we don't really own any "horse" books. No picture books with a horse as a main character, no cowboy books, no horse chapter books besides Farmer Boy...zilch, nada, nothing. This is obviously my own fault. Unlike some of my childhood friends, as a child I never developed an interest in horses or in horse themed books. I've actually only ridden twice in my life, both times at a very gentle, leisurely rate. While I find horses very beautiful, I've never had the chance to personally connect with them and experience life around them. Would familiarity have sparked a greater interest? Perhaps, but for now, I'm happy to watch from a distance and admire this incredible animal.

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.







Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has kindly offered to give away some cool SECRETARIAT promotional items to a Brimful Curiosities reader. The prize pack includes a Men’s T-Shirt, Women’s T-Shirt, Youth T-Shirt and Hat.

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77 comments:

ossmcalc said...

One of the first books that I read was Black Beauty.

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Elise said...

Oh, I Love Black Beauty and The Horse Whiperer. Great books. I am subscribed to Horse Illustrated Magazine, which is great. I loved to trailer to Secretariat. I can't wait for the movie!
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Christy said...

We read I Rode the Red Horse a while ago. I think I enjoyed it more than my kids did, but I thought it was a good book.

Meg said...

Oh, I hate to steal others' answers, but I have to go with Black Beauty on this one! Can't wait to see "Secretariat" in theatres, and thanks for the chance!

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Marie said...

My daughter and I are looking forward to seeing this movie -- she loves horses as much as I did (and still do). I read a lot of horse books as a kid -- one of my favorites was The Black Stallion and the other horse books by Farley.

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Jenny Girl said...

no need to enter me.

I did not know that Secretariat was owned by a woman! They never mention that fact and I watch the triple crown every year, when they mention Secretariat. Thanks for the informative post.

Laura Lowe DeLuca said...

My daghter loves horses and really wants to see this

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mrsshukra said...

Black Beauty is the classic in our family!

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Page Turner said...

My daughter is in the horse-love stage right now!

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Dee said...

I read Black Beauty as a child and also loved The Black Stallion. My 2yr old daughter loves horses right now, so we have been taking her to the local fairs so that she can be close to them.

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Anonymous said...

Black Beauty is still one of my favorite books!
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welcome to our wonderland said...

my girls want to see this movie they LOVE horses!!!

my uncle was actually a horse trainer along time ago. wish he was around to tell the girls stories :)

karenmed409 said...

Our tween and I just read The Horse Secret this summer!

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MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

loved black beauty too- and still do. This movie looks amazing and I love movies such as this just for the beauty of the beast as they say-

Renee G said...

I've always love Black Beauty. I also loved the James Herriot All Creatures series, although this didn't only deal with horses.
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marcia goss said...

I am looking forward to the movie. I remember watching Secretariat on television winning the Triple Crown.
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Nancy said...

I like My Friend Flicka and the Animal Ark series books that are about horses.

elizabeth p said...

I love Black Beauty and all my kids have ridden a horse at least once in their lives. I am queenesperfect at yahoo.com

k_sunshine1977 said...

what kid hasn't read black beauty? it was a classic!

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Louis H said...

It's a wonderful movie in best Disney tradition

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Hotsnotty2 said...

I loved Black Beauty when I was young, thanks!

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CathyB said...

I really think this is going to be a classic movie for this year. From the previews, there is going to be a lot of love and emotion in this movie. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Jennifer R said...

I am looking forward to seeing this movie and I also like Flicka as a horse movie.

amyd said...

black was my favorite when I was younger,can't wait to take my kids to see this!

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Sarah said...

Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry was my first horse read.

CherylS22 said...

The story of Secretariat is an exciting one & I'm looking forward to seeing this movie.
Thanks for the giveaway!
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holdenj said...

The movie looks very well done! I always like all of the Marguerite Henry books.
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kelley c said...

I'm so looking forward to seeing this movie!

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Nancy S. said...

When I was a kid, I read all of the Walter Farley horse stories.
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tina reynolds said...

It looks like a great movie I love seabiscit thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

Auriette said...

I didn't have much contact with horses in "real life" growing up, I still haven't, but I was obsessed with them and read everything I could get my hands on. I can't name just one. I read the Flicka books, Misty of Chincoteague and the other Marguerite Henry novels, Walter Farley's The Black Stallion series. I had a couple of books about a horse named Gypsy, and a couple of other series about young women at racing stables. My mom signed me up for a horse book club once; I think all I got was the introductory books and then the one at full price (most of my books were used, so these were real treasures): Big Jump for Robin, A Filly for Joan, C.W. Anderson's Favorite Horse Stories, King of the Wind, and Ride a Wild Pony. I loved them all!

purango said...

I remember reading Black Beauty when I was younger. garrettsambo@aol.com