Marguerite Henry is best known as the author of Misty of Chincoteague, and she’s written many other books centered around horses. I imagine Henry has done quite a bit of research before she writes her books, because although they are fiction, they are historically accurate.
White Stallion of Lipizza is no exception.
The story centers on Hans, the son of a baker in Vienna, Austria. He dreams of seeing the famous stallions perform their ballet, dreams of even working with them. But as the son of a baker, the dream seems impossible.
Yet every morning, he plans his morning to be first in line at the Jospefplatz when the Lipizzan stallions cross the plaza from the stables to the Spanish Court Riding School.
The story of Han’s dream, his determination, hard work and discipline is inspiring. The story of the Lipizzan stallions is fascinating. And the illustrations (by Welsey Dennis) are beautiful, and informative.
All of my children have loved this book – and I have enjoyed reading it aloud to them.
Recommended for ages 4 and up.