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A boy hears the ringing of a hammer in the evening air. He follows the sound to the blacksmith shop where the fiery forge makes it a warm place on a winter's night. The boy watches as his father pounds steel on an anvil. Tonight he is making shoes for Shadow Horse. When the big horse arrives, led by his owner, he stomps and whinnies. Then, after a few pats on his broad back and a sugar-cube treat, Shadow Horse settles down. The father lifts the left hoof and the shoeing begins. The night will be a special one for the boy, when his father helps him shoe his first horse. Linda Oatman High's beautiful story depicts the loving bond between parent and child, while Ted Lewin's luminescent illustrations capture the heat and flickering shadows of a blacksmith shop one cold night in winter.
Linda Oatman High is the author of the picture books Barn Savers (illustrated by Ted Lewis), Beekeepers (illustrated by Doug Chayka), and The Christmas Star (illustrated by Ronald Himler). Her novels include Maizie; Hound Heaven; The Summer of the Great Divide; and A Stone's Throw from Paradise. She lives in Narvon, Pennsylvania.
Ted Lewin has illustrated more than one hundred books for children, including Peppe the Lamplighter by Elisa Bartone, for which he was awarded the Caldecott Honor; and The Always Prayer Shawl by Sheldon Oberman, which received the National Jewish Book Award. Mr. Lewin lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife Betsy.