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The Winter Horses

Narrated by: James Langton
Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
Categories: Kids, Ages 8-10
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It will soon be another cold winter in the Ukraine. But it's 1941, and things are different this year. Max, the devoted caretaker of an animal preserve, must learn to live with the Nazis who have overtaken this precious land. He must also learn to keep secrets - for there is a girl, Kalinka, who is hiding in the park.

Kalinka has lost her home, her family, her belongings - everything but her life. Still, she has gained one small, precious gift: a relationship with the rare, wild, and wily Przewalski's horses that wander the preserve. Aside from Max, these endangered animals are her only friends - until a Nazi campaign of extermination nearly wipes them out for good.

Now Kalinka must set out on a treacherous journey across the frozen forest to save the only two surviving horses - and herself.

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"[F]or kids particularly interested in history and/or horses." ( Kirkus)

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Beautifully Written and not overdone

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I had never heard a story like this before, it is beautifully written, the violence is not overdone, the narration seemed to fit the writing style, and the little girls character is captivating.

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What a fabulous written war story

What an amazing story of horses, war and reminder that good things can happen when surrounded by war and sadness. Also that even though their your enemies there are still some good people left.
The flow of the story pulled you in to never want to hit the pause button! I was glad I was on a trip when listening.
I love horses. This book brings out the fantasy of a girl who desperately needed to be loved and protected. This young girl gets all of that and much more from horses and a dog. This is how young and old see themselves communicating with a horse but we don't speak of it. We'd sound crazy.
I'm so sorry the author has died of cancer this year 2018. He was an amazing written!