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Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite
George, Slim, Fats, and Jay decide to ride to every state capital, get their picture with each governor and become rich and famous. The trip starts in 1912 and they aim to finish in 1915 at the Panama Pacific Expo in San Francisco, making 50 stops and traveling 1,127 days and 20,352 miles. Pinto starts out as the pack horse carrying as much gear as they can load on his back but soon George is riding him every day. Pinto’s thoughts are described in great detail, explaining the difficulties of crossing rivers, fighting their way through snowstorms, having to keep making new horse friends, meeting and greeting and having people take his picture with their children on his back, and so much more. It is impossible not to root for the little horse to reach San Francisco and be welcomed as a hero.
Pinto by Margi (M.J.) Evans is a true historical story, but it is told only by Pinto the horse, a Morab – half Morgan and half Arabian, who was there for the entire journey. It was really a very refreshing and different viewpoint of a very long and perilous ride. I enjoyed reading Pinto a lot. It was from such a different perspective than most historical fiction books I read. Margi (M.J.) Evans took a real event that few people have ever heard of and wove it into a very special story. I believe that Pinto is a book everyone can enjoy; horse lovers, history lovers, storytelling fans, and all readers in fact of all ages. It is a story of joy, tragedy, heartache, and dedication by a group of men and their horses and the people that they meet along the way. If you read Pinto, I know you will not be disappointed.