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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Barrett is a lively colt who loves to run and play with his colt friends. They all love to run, as they should since all of their fathers are great racehorses. Barrett loves to run, but he loves to jump more. When the colts spot a rabbit, they’re fascinated as they watch it jump. Barrett tries to imitate the rabbit, but he only gets a scolding from his mother. When the colts are old enough, men come to take them to the track, to train them to be racehorses. The other colts impress the men, but Barrett just doesn’t demonstrate what’s needed to be a racehorse. He’s convinced he needs magic shoes so he can jump. Lucky for him, he’s taken to a showjumping lady, Kate, who trains him to be a showjumper. And what a champion he becomes.
D.A. Karr’s early chapter book, The Racehorse with Magic Shoes, is a fun story about doing what you love to do. It’s important to excel at what we like best. Even if our parents are good at one thing, that doesn’t mean we can’t be good at something else. That’s what Barrett had to learn. He really didn’t need magic shoes to become a champion showjumper; he just needed the opportunity to demonstrate how well he could jump. The plot develops steadily with good character sketches of the various colts and their mothers. It’s told in the third person narrative with lots of dialogue between the colts and their mothers. A fun read, but also encouraging for young readers to believe in themselves.