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Reviewed by Annamaria Farbizio for Readers' Favorite
Jackie Anton, the author of "Backyard Horse Tales 2", has boldly used the same literary device that Anna Sewell used in her novel "Black Beauty". The story begins from the horse's point of view, but deftly changes to human voices and points of view during critical scenes in the story. This beautiful, well-written tale focuses on the life of an Appaloosa horse, Frosty Britches, and the young woman named Marcie who chooses him. Frosty is no ordinary gelding. He is a horse who has accomplished feats of bravery in his past life as an Appaloosa for the Nez Perce Native American tribe. The way the author weaves Frosty's two lives together, his life as Frosty and his life as warrior horse, Nightstalker, is fascinating. The contrast between his life as Frosty in 1967 and his former life as Nightstalker in 1877, make for fascinating reading. As Nightstalker he defends his Native American family from the white man's abusive treatment brought to the Nez Perce tribe, their lands, and the buffalo herds they depend on for food.
Along the way, throughout the plot's twists and turns, the reader develops an appreciation for the history of the Native American and the settlers who eventually stole their lands and food sources. Just as with the novel "Black Beauty", this story inspires the reader's empathy for the life of Native Americans and the beautiful, brave Appaloosa horses they rode. Detailed illustrations by Sandy Shipley enhance the appeal of this must-read story by Jackie Anton. Children and adults who love horses will be enchanted by this book and educators can use this book to teach history as well as facts about Appaloosa horses.