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Assault: The Crippled Champion: The King Ranch Racehorse [Hardcover]

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Item description for Assault: The Crippled Champion: The King Ranch Racehorse by Marjorie Hodgson Parker, Charles Shaw & Marjorie Hodgson Parker...

Relates how the colt Assault recovers from an accident that leaves him crippled and grows up to win the Triple Crown, "thoroughbred racing's highest achievement," in 1946.

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How would a small, stumbling colt with the tough name "Assault" tell his own story of courage and victory? In this delightful true account of King Ranch's champion racehorse, Marjorie Parker involves her young readers in the life of the Texas Thoroughbred who ran on two hooves and a heart, becoming one of only 11 horses ever to capture the coveted Triple Crown. Along with electrifying racing, this story gives an inside look at life on the historic King Ranch and recaptures life in another era through the eyes of a noble horse who never gave up.

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Pages   80
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   0.34 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2004
Publisher   Bright Sky Press
ISBN  1931721343  
ISBN13  9781931721349  

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More About Marjorie Hodgson Parker, Charles Shaw & Marjorie Hodgson Parker

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Award-winning author Marjorie Hodgson Parker has been published in national magazines, newspapers, Daily Guideposts and Guideposts. She has published four children's books: Fun Devotions for Kids, Jellyfish Can't Swim, Assault the Crippled Champion, (a Bluebonnet Award nominee) and David and the Mighty Eighth, along with stories in God is On Your Side and her devotional for adults facing difficult times, Shaken to the Core. A popular speaker with both secular and Christian groups, she brings the wisdom of years of intensive Bible study, her personal experience of God's help and hope during a drawn-out health trial, and her training as a Stephen Minister to her writing. She lives in Byers, Texas, with her husband, Joe, on a ranch by the Red River.

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Animals > Horses > Nonfiction
3Books > Subjects > Children > Sports & Activities > General
4Books > Subjects > Children > Sports & Activities > Sports > Miscellaneous > Nonfiction

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Charming Point Of View  Nov 5, 2005
The book well surprised me as it took the point of view straight to Assasult himself. Children will enjoy reading about this racehorse from his point of view really well. I only have a few complaints:

The book comes to an abrupt end when the last chapter, that was only about the Belmont stakes, goes straight to the epilogue. Assault won many other important races after the triple crown, not to mention that he raced until he was seven, due to his infertility. The book only tracks him as a three-year-old. Make that more exact, the triple crown. They were argueably Assault's greatest races, but his greatness well-exceeded the triple crown. I found the book to be sort of vague on Assault's connections, who were clearly important to Assault's success because they picked his races for him. There should have been a part that told of how Assault's fans loved or could relate to him better than all that was put in the book. And sometimes the point of view from the horse wasn't told like it was. Horses have different points of view from humans, true. And that made the book a little imteresting. But apart from that, sometimes horses lack the actual knowledge of what is really going on and what they think is. So sometimes you can get confused.

Other than those subtle flaws, this was a delightful book that is sure to entertain young readers early on about the wonders of Assault. If they still find him a superhorse when they get older, I'm sure they would also enjoy the real account of his story in the Thoroughbred Legends series.

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