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The girl on the high-diving horse

by High, Linda Oatman.

Format: Print Book 2003
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
Available (3)
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Northland Public Library Children's Picture Books J PIC HIGH
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Children's Picture Books
Call Number  J PIC HIGH
Shaler North Hills Library Juvenile Picture Book j PICT BK HIG
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Juvenile Picture Book
Call Number  j PICT BK HIG
Western Allegheny Community Library Picture Book JP PIC HIGH
Location  Western Allegheny Community Library
Collection  Picture Book
Call Number  JP PIC HIGH
Ivy Cordelia is plain lucky. It's the summer of 1936, and she gets to stay in Atlantic City all summer long, where there's so much to see: boxing kangaroos, human cannonballs, card-playing cats . . . and high-diving horses! If there's anyone luckier than she is, it must be the girl on the high-diving horse, who daily performs her dangerous-looking act while the crowd cheers. Ivy's dream is to be that girl. But could she ever be that brave? The spun-candy-and-sea-spray world of the Atlantic City boardwalk in the 1930s once again comes powerfully to life under the nostalgic artistry of Ted Lewin and Linda Oatman High. Illustrated by Ted Lewin.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "PreS^-Gr. 3. Ivy Cordelia can't wait to spend the summer of 1936 in Atlantic City with her photographer father. She loves all the animal spectacles ("the boxing kangaroos, card-playing cats, dog on a surfboard"), but her favorite is the high-diving horses, and she dreams of being one of the bathing-suited beauties who ride them. By the end of the summer, she is invited to take a parting dive on horseback, and years later she finds her own job as a girl on a high-diving horse. High tells her warm, nostalgic story in musical, well-paced language filled with dialogue that makes clear Ivy's excitement and yearning. Lewin captures the sunny chaos of the boardwalk in busy, taffy-colored watercolor paintings, which, according to his note, are intended to mimic old-fashioned postcards. The pictures also explain most of the text's old-time references, such as the rolling chair, and the large spreads of the leaping animal performers and their brave riders will easily draw children into the sentimental, but not saccharine, story of a dream fulfilled. --Gillian Engberg"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The mere idea of horses that dive could be enough to pique most readers' interest; fortunately, High and Lewin (previously paired for Winter Shoes for Shadow Horse) communicate more than a novelty subject. Their strong sense of time and place-Atlantic City in 1936-permeates every page. Eight-year-old Ivy Cordelia is thrilled to join her father, a photographer, when he spends the summer taking pictures on the boardwalk. She revels in the boxing kangaroos, human cannonballs and, most of all, the horses that, proudly ridden by pretty girls in bathing suits, high-dive into a tank. The girl fantasizes about making the jump herself and, at summer's end, her dream comes true. Like the images in old hand-tinted postcards, Lewin's detailed watercolors blend sepia tones with selective splashes of color. In contrast to the vintage content, Lewin's presentation involves an arresting, up-to-date juxtaposition of cropped "photos," silhouettes and full-bleed illustrations. Oatman effectively articulates for youngsters the summer mecca of the 1930s (the hotel is a "castle-shaped place rising pink and high as a sunrise into blue New Jersey sky") as well as the classic romance of girls and horses. Ages 5-9. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Stunt performers -- Fiction.
Amusement parks -- Fiction.
Horses -- Fiction.
Atlantic City (N.J.) -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Philomel Books,2003
Contributors Lewin, Ted.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN 039923649X
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