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The Girl on the High Diving Horse Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2016-05-15 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 9 user ratings
ISBN:039923649X
LANGUAGE:English

"Set in the summer of 1936, The Girl On The High-Diving Horse: An Adventure In Atlantic City by Linda Oatman High is the story of a young girl who sees the daily performance of another girl and her horse, diving from a tall platform to the delight of onlookers. Looking up at the girl on the high-diving horse, she wonders if she can ever share that much courage and adventure. Simple, almost photograph-style illustrations by Ted Lewin add a realistic touch to this charming story." said.

"Reading this book to my third graders evoked a powerful discussion with many layers of thinking. My students noticed the author's use of powerful words, strong verbs, great imagery and an emotional point of view. Discussion also centered around various topics brought up by Ted Lewin's pictures: the rolling chairs, steel pier, diving horses, bathing suits, boardwalk, and other items during that era. His illustrations recall a simpler time when "linen postcards" were used during the early 1930's. This book has inspired us to write our own "poetry" and "dive" deeper into that time in history. We LOVED the book! :)" said.

"The illustrations are well done, and my 8 yr old daughter liked the story very much." said.

"Great for explaining how you can write a snapshot of a setting in narrative writing and with a circular conclusion. A terrific subject which is unknown to most children.
The author creates suspense which rivets the reader to their seat. Great choice of vocabulary is sprinkled throughout the book. Definitely appeals to 8 to 12 year olds
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"Linda Oatman High and Ted Lewin vividly recreate Atlantic City in all its 1930's heydey with this magical tale of a young girl's summer vacation.

Ivy Cordelia accompanies her photographer father on assignment at the Steel Pier and immediately falls in love with the high-diving horses. The teenage sisters who ride the flying horses befriend the young girl, as does the star of the show, Red Lips. Before she and her father leave Atlantic City, she is rewarded with a ride off the platform and into the tank below. The story comes full circle when we learn that in the following decade, Ivy Cordelia becomes the girl on the high-diving horse herself.

Oatman High's language is rich with a young girl's awe and excitement as she witnesses the spectacles of Steel Pier and the "crazy-brave" horses and riders. The text becomes poetic when the horse jumps off the platform, enhancing the suspense one might feel watching a horse fly through the air. Lewin's realistic renderings, painted to resemble the linen photographic postcards of the time, immediately transport the reader into the Atlantic City of days past.

Adults reading the story will fondly reflect on how their favorite summers shaped their own lives. Children will gaze with wonder at the amazing scenes in the book and look forward to their summer adventures.
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"I bought 2 of these - one for each grandchild - who each is 9 years old (and very bright). It is written for a much lower level reading/age. And it really doesn't very accurately tell the story about how the girl went blind, etc.

I wouldn't really recommend this book. Luckily one of the father's was able to give more details about what it was really like sometime ago on the boardwalk at Atlantic City. That was the only possible redeeming grace.
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"I bought this book for myself only because
the horse "Red Lips" featured in this story
was actually once owned by my father.
It is beautifully illustrated and makes
a very nostalgic souvenir of a by-gone era.
Anyone from the Philadelphia metropolitan
area or South Jersey would find this bit of
local history of great interest.
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"This book is beautifully illustrated and is a fascinating story. We discovered it when my daughter was 7 and 2 years later we both still love this book. She recently read it to her Girl Scout troop and all 11 girls listened raptly and had a lot of questions at the end. I think it shows a wonderful slice of Americana." said.

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