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Philadelphia’s history of rowing and Thomas Eakins paintings inspired this children’s story about Harry and his horse friends from the carousel who are learning to row.

When the Coach asks Harry to be the cox and steer the boat, Harry is not happy. He thinks the Coach chooses him only because he is small. In a dream he meets Will who tells him that the cox is very important because he or she wins or loses the race. Harry listens and learns how to be a cox who wins. Real Life Notes describe the Philadelphia landmarks, events and the Thomas Eakins painting that inspired the story.

For children ages 3 to 8 years old. Softcover, 32 pp, full color illustrations. $11.95

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This is a rare children’s story that talks about emotions and the idea that we can have control over how we feel. Harry lives on a carousel on the Mall. He is unhappy because no children want to ride him and goes on a dream journey to find out why.

On the way he meets different horses and finally finds Will, who helps him change how he feels. Will is an ancient horse who finds happiness by looking down on beautiful and mysterious crop circles.

The book concludes with a Real Life Notes page with photographs of the horses, characters and places that inspired the story. They include the carousel horses on the Mall in Washington D.C., the bright gold statue of Joan of Arc in Philadelphia, a Medicine Hat horse belonging to a riding therapy program for disabled children, a beloved rocking horse ridden by a Philadelphia child, and the Alton Barnes white horse carved on an Wiltshire hillside near Stonehenge, England. Wiltshire is the most active area in the world for crop circles.

For children ages 3 to 7 years old. Softcover, 32 pp, full color illustrations. $11.95

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