Children's Fiction Humorous Stories
- Kids Can Press
- Initial publish date
- Sep 2018
- Humorous Stories, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Horses
- Recommended Age
- 4 to 8
- Recommended Grade
- p to 3
- Recommended Reading age
- 4 to 8
- Publish Date
- Sep 2018
- List Price
Where to buy it
It's time for the annual Race-a-thon, and Steve the horse is excited! He knows he'll win. He wins every year! And no wonder, Steve's body is built for running. He's got a big chest for deep breaths, powerful hindquarters to propel him forward and the longest legs in the forest. But when he goes to sign up, Steve finds out the rules have changed, and his confidence starts to waver. Because this year, the Race-a-thon is going to be a relay race, which means all runners must compete in teams. And Steve's on a team with the slowest runners in the forest: Turtle, Duck and Snail! Is it possible that Steve could lose the Race-a-thon for the first time ever?
This delightful picture book story from Kelly Collier about the lovable --- if sometimes self-absorbed --- horse named Steve is laugh-out-loud funny. Every page features humorous and cleverly designed interplay between the illustrations and commentary, as well a few definitions (such as powerful hindquarters: “That means strong bum muscles”) that provide vocabulary enrichment. The humor and the edge-of-the-seat description of the race make this a fantastic read-aloud pick. It also works as a great discussion starter on the topic of sportsmanship and on the character education skill of teamwork.
About the author
KELLY COLLIER was born in Ottawa and grew up in Toronto, Ontario, where she still lives with her husband and daughter. She has an identical twin sister and an older brother. As kids, Kelly and her sister drew all the time, mostly in an effort to "outdraw" their brother. Kelly studied illustration in college and is both the author and illustrator of the Steve the Horse series.
- Winner, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
This picture book has important lessons on teamwork while also showing that one person's (or animal's) weaknesses may be another's strengths.—Resource Links
... wacky, irrepressible fun.—Booklist Online
... wildly entertaining ...—The Globe and Mail
In this comical tale, the lesson lies in how the race is run.—Kirkus Reviews