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American Pharoah
ISBN: 9781481480710
Author: Mickle, Shelley Fraser
Publisher: Aladdin
Published: March 2019
Retail: $8.99    OUR PRICE: $1.99
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: From the author of Barbaro comes the triumphant story of the 2015 Triple Crown and Breeders Cup winner, American Pharoah.

When American Pharoah won the American Triple Crown and the Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2015 he became the first horse to win the “Grand Slam” of American horse racing, by winning all four races. His story captured American’s imagination, and this inspired account will also feature the handlers who saw his promise: owner, Ahmed Zayat of Zayat Stables, trainer Bob Baffert, and jockey Victor Espinoza.

With American Pharoah, Shelley Mickle tells the story of this beloved horse’s life from birth to his historic achievement of becoming the twelfth Triple Crown winner.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals | Horses
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Sports & Recreation | Equestrian
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Sports & Recreation
Library of Congress Subjects:
Race horses; United States; Biography.
Race horses.
Dewey: 798.40092/9
LCCN: bl2017011562
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Target Grade: 4-6
Grade level: 4-6
Physical Information: 0.75" H x 75.00" L x 5.25" W
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Sports, Middle School, History, Biographies, Animals
Grade level(s): 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2017 Fall)
Triple Crownwinner American Pharoah's journey from birth through his Belmont Stakes win and beyond; background on his owner, trainer, jockey, and assorted helpers along the way; random horse facts; and prolix sidebars filled with Triple Crown minutiae complete this information-packed but poorly organized volume. The overwrought text delights in mawkishness, bad similes, and mixed metaphors. Copyright 2017 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 March)

Gr 4–8—Before racehorse American Pharoah thundered across the finish line at Belmont Stakes on June 6, 2015, no thoroughbred had won the Triple Crown in 37 years. Readers who are passionate about horses are likely to enjoy Mickle's admiring profile of this young steed and the people who worked together to make him a champion. The book begins at the post on June 6 and then cycles back to Pharoah's birth (the misspelling of pharaoh was unintentional but noted only after he had already been officially registered). Subsequent chapters alternate between the growth and training of the horse and the childhood and training of jockey Victor Espinoza. While Mickle includes many facts about thoroughbreds and the sport of racing, the tone is often sentimental and at times melodramatic: "Soon, the yet unnamed brown colt…would touch Victor's life with the dust of a real-life fairy tale." In addition, the metaphors are often perplexing ("He did it on the fly as smoothly as if warm syrup were being poured on something very delicious—only in this case, it was delicious speed."). Though some thoughts and statements are placed in quotation marks and there is a list of sources, much of the narrative appears to be conjecture: "Pharoah never thought of himself as fancy; all he cared about was being with Smokey and getting his share of the sweet-cake hay." VERDICT An additional purchase where horses are popular.—Jennifer Costa, Cambridge Public Library, MA

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.