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Horse Song: The Naadam of Mongolia

By Ted Lewin, Betsy Lewin
Illustrated by Ted Lewin, Betsy Lewin

Paperback: $11.95

Six Pack: $71.70

“Giingooo! Giiiingoooooo!” Tamir and the other young jockeys sing to their horses in wailing, high-pitched voices. They are getting ready to ride in the Naadam, the Mongolian summer festival. Tamir is one of many boys and girls who will race half-wild horses across the open desert for honor and glory.

It is these legendary child jockeys that Ted and Betsy Lewin have traveled to Mongolia to see. In the camp of the horse trainers, the Lewins marvel at the skill of the riders as they “sweat up” their horses, galloping by in swirls of dust and thundering hooves. On the day of the big race, everyone is up before sunrise, watching the riders begin their long trek to the starting line. Will Tamir be able to keep control of his horse during the fourteen-mile race? Who will emerge as the winner as the shimmering dust cloud of riders approaches the finish line?

With a contagious love of travel and adventure, and vivid, action-packed paintings, Ted and Betsy Lewin invite readers to experience the unique thrill of a Naadam horse race. “Giiiingoooooo!”

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About the Creators

Thumb_thumb Ted Lewin - Author, Illustrator

and his wife, Betsy, have been traveling the world together for decades and have chronicled many of their wide-ranging adventures in books for young readers. In addition to Puffling Patrol, their most recent collaborations were Balarama: A Royal Elephant and Horse Song: The Naadam of Mongolia, both published by Lee & Low Books.

Ted and Betsy have both won countless awards and honors for their books. Ted was awarded a Caldecott Medal Honor in 1994 for Peppe the Lamplighter. When not teaching, visiting with young fans, or traveling, the Lewins are usually drawing and painting in their Brooklyn, New York, home studios. You can visit Ted Lewin online at tedlewin.com

Thumb_thumb Betsy Lewin - Author, Illustrator

and her husband, Ted, have been traveling the world together for decades and have chronicled many of their wide-ranging adventures in books for young readers. In addition to Puffling Patrol, their most recent collaborations were Balarama: A Royal Elephant and Horse Song: The Naadam of Mongolia, both published by Lee & Low Books.

Ted and Betsy have both won countless awards and honors for their books. Betsy was the recipient of a Caldecott Medal Honor in 2001 for Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. When not teaching, visiting with young fans, or traveling, the Lewins are usually drawing and painting in their Brooklyn, New York, home studios. You can visit Betsy Lewin online at betsylewin.com

About This Title

ISBN

Hardcover: 9781584302773

Paperback: 9781620141854

Six Pack: 9781620142004

Awards

Best Children's Books of the Year
Bank Street College of Education

Notable Children's Book
American Library Association (ALA)

Original Art Show
Society of Illustrators

Parents' Choice Recommended
Parents' Choice Foundation

Guided Reading:

T

Lexile:

870L

Interest Level:

Grades 1 - 6

Reading Level:

Grades 4 - 5

Themes

Nonfiction, Sports, Holidays/Traditions, Families, Cultural Diversity, Asian/Asian American Interest, Animals, Persistence/Grit

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