An audio book of Come on Seabiscuit! from two of my favorite storytellers: author Ralph Moody (1898–1982), who also wrote the Little Britches books, and narrator Jim Weiss (Greathall Storytelling Recordings). You can download the audio book here, from Learn Out Loud.com, or order the CD (2003) here, from Greathall.
As a young girl, I went through a "horse phase" of literature and movies: Billy and Blaze, My Friend Flicka, Misty of Chincoteague, National Velvet, Black Beauty, and The Black Stallion. But somehow, I missed the book Come On Seabiscuit - maybe because I wasn't as interested in racing as I was in horses.
As an adult, I saw the movie Seabiscuit and have gone to a racetrack once (at Del Mar, "where the surf meets the turf"), and let me tell you, it was fun and exciting to see horse racing live and up close. I hope I can go again soon!
|Red Pollard (Tobey Maguire) rides the title horse|
in the film adaptation of "Seabiscuit."source
The original book about Seabiscuit, written in 1963, was illustrated by Robert Riger, and recently returned to print by the University of Nebraska Press.
|Look at this cute vintage edition, available on Etsy, here.|
I am a huge fan of Ralph Moody's Little Britches books - honestly, I can't recommend them highly enough! You can read my past post about Ralph Moody here. Jim Weiss is a master story teller that I've highlighted on my blog several times - here - and I'm thrilled to know he recorded this wonderful story.
Go to: Seabiscuit American Experience WGBH | PBS to watch the online documentary about this extraordinary horse.