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The Girl on the High Diving Horse Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-01-22 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 9 user ratings
ISBN:039923649X
LANGUAGE:English

" The story in interesting it's just the this book isn't very well put together. It to very wordy and drags. " said.

" Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken--movie with same subject. " said.

" This is an interesting fictional tale that reads like a memoir. The story is fun to read aloud and the illustrations evoke an older, nostalgic time. We really enjoyed reading this book together and learning more about summer life in Atlantic City in the 1930s. " said.

" This is another text that contains that same powerful thumbprint of listing and subject appropriate verbs. It really seems to be a stronger expression of Ted Lewin's connection to Atlantic City than that of Oatman High, but both pieces of this book are particularly strong. I sincerely enjoyed this story. " said.

" As a girl I loved the idea of Diving Horses and "Wild Hearts Cant' Be Broken" was a favorite movie. This book catches the feel of the 1930's in Atlantic City with lovely illustrations made to look like linen postcards of the era, as well as the young girl dream of diving horses. I loved that the author interviewed real-life diving girl, Arnette French, in her eighties at the time, and that Sonora Carver, also of 'diving girl' fame, was evidently her sister. " said.

"While the illustrations were of high quality, I was not impressed by this book's glamorization of a controversial animal act, the "high diving horses" of New Jersey's Atlantic City.

This rather bizarre performance was also given the glossed-over treatment in the 1990s Disney film "Wild Hearts Can't be Broken," incidentally, a flop for the studio. In 2012, a bid to re-open the diving horse act was shot down by public outcry.

This isn't a book I'd recommend for veg*n/animal advocate families, unless children are old enough to examine the presentation with a critical eye. It would certainly bring up a lot of decent questions about how we use animals.
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"I loved the style of illustrations that Lewin chose to use. And I think High wrote a pretty good story--capturing the magic and wonder and nostalgia of many a child's experiences with Atlantic City. (Particularly with the high-diving horses.) I like the ending of the story and that the little girl got to dive, too.

Of course, I LOVE the movie. Sweet, cheesy, sappy, clean, a love story, a good moral--all elements of Classic Heidi-Will-Love-It Movie. And, as never fails, once I learned it was based on a true story, I was completely hooked. So I have here and there done a bit of research on the real Sonora and the act and all those involved in it. And it has been fun having this book set me off on learning even more about it all. Quite the fun and can't wait to read Sonora's version of what happened.
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"I've always loved the movie "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken" about diving horses, so I was excited to find this book about the same topic. The picture book is about an eight-year-old girl, Ivy Cordelia, who moves to Atlantic City for the summer with her father, a photographer. She is amazed by all the things to see, but her absolute favorite is the diving horse show and she goes to see it everyday. Ivy gets to meet Sonora and Arnette, the two sisters that dive with the horses in the show and they allow Ivy to help out with the horses. The end of the summer comes too fast for Ivy and she is sad to leave her beloved horses behind. But the sisters have one last gift for her...

Really liked this. The story is based on the real diving girls and High interviewed Arnette when doing research for this book. I liked the author's note at the end, although I do wish it had been a little longer. The illustrations are lovely, modeled after the "linen postcards" from the 1930's and 40's. Great book all around.
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