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Children's Fiction Horses

The Saturday Appaloosa

by (author) Thelma Sharp

illustrated by Georgia Graham

Red Deer Press
Initial publish date
Dec 2011
Horses, General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Dec 2011
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 6
  • Grade: p to 1


Crystal is fascinated by all the horses near her Granmama's. They belong to Gramama's neighbour, who lives across the creek. Crystal's favourite horse is the Appaloosa—and she pays special attention to her, too. She would love to ride the Appaloosa, but Gramama says, "We do not ride other people's horses. Unless they offer."
One Saturday when they reach the horses, they can't find the Appaloosa—until Crystal spots the horse, caught up in the barbed wire at the far corner of the field. While her grandmother wades across the river to get the owner, Crystal puts aside her own fear and softly pets the Appy so it won't be frightened. Gramama and the horse woman return to free the Appy, and Crystal's kindness is rewarded in a way she never expected.
Thelma Sharp's poetic tale of a young girl's love for a horse will resonate with all children who have similar yearnings, and award—winning illustrator Georgia Graham brings to life the majesty of rural landscapes with her pastel and pencil illustrations.

About the authors

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Georgia Graham has been a compulsive drawer ever since she was a child growing up in Calgary, Alberta. She graduated from the Alberta College of Art in 1982 where she majored in Visual Communications. She has written and illustrated Cub's Journey Home, Where Wild Horses Run, The Lime Green Secret, A Team Like No Other, and The Strongest Man This Side of Cremona. She has illustrated many children's books by other authors.
Georgia lives with her husband on a small farm on the edge of Lacombe, Alberta. Her grown children and granddaughter live near by.

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Other titles by Georgia Graham