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Call the Horse Lucky
by Juanita Havill
illustration by Nancy Lane

ISBN: 978-0-940719-10-1
$16.95 trade cloth

September 2010

24 pages
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A story beautifully told and illustrated that will go to the heart of horse lovers.

While visiting her grandmother in the country, Mel discovers a neglected horse. Moved by the sight of the rib-thin pinto with the sad, glazed eyes and eager to help him, Mel starts a rescue process that results in the pinto’s being moved to a horse rescue ranch to revive him and treat his problems. At the ranch, Mel learns about horse care and continues to bond with the horse she has named Lucky.
“Call the Horse Lucky is a wonderfully told tale of horse rescue. Filled with practical information and positive outcomes, the book maintains a constructive and hopeful tone. The characters come alive with vivid illustrations that capture details all horse people will recognize (the change in a horse's eye, the weathered faces of equine caretakers, etc). An excellent book for introducing young readers to horse welfare issues, while also telling a terrific story of a very lucky horse indeed.”
 —Lynn Reardon,
Author of
Beyond the Homestretch:
What I Learned from
Saving Racehorses,
Founder of LoneStar Outreach
to Place Ex-Racers
“Call the Horse Lucky is a gift to all readers. As an equine veterinarian for many years and dedicated to teaching correct animal husbandry I applaud this book. The story, the husbandry discussed, the solutions to a problem, the economic values and the information in the epilogue are all really correct and to the point in my opinion. The illustrations/paintings are an additional gift and I felt as if the people were all someone I had met in my practice.”
—Pat Frederick, DVM
“What a wonderful thing for any girl to find a special horse, and, better yet, to rescue him from the sad life of starvation, and to feed him with care, tenderness and love.”

Laura Chester, editor of Heartbeat for Horses, author of books about girls and horses



Juanita Havill grew up in a small town in Southern Illinois. As a child she loved cats, dogs, horses, and books. Her family had many cats and dogs and she learned about horse ownership from taking care of her own horse Prince, with whom she spent many adventurous hours during her high school years. Her love of books led her to become a writer. Her first book Jamaica’s Find illustration by Anne Sibley O’Brien won the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award and was a Reading Rainbow book. Since then she has written over thirty children’s books — picture books, early readers, poetry, and novels. Her novel in verse Grow illustration by Stanislawa Kodman won the 2009 Carol D. Reiser Children’s Book Award and the Santa Monica Public Library Green Prize for Youth Fiction.

Nancy Lane loves to paint children, animals and all forms of nature. Her goal is to create sensitive watercolors of children and animals that show convincing emotions, character and interaction. “I hope my art inspires a desire to connect to the natural world, and a heightened respect for it. I have illustrated more than 20 children’s books. My art has also been used for book covers, magazines, and fine art prints. When not in the studio, I play the piano, hike and cook with my husband, and enjoy the company of my pets and two grown children.” Nancy lives in a rural area of western New York’s Finger Lakes region.

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