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Shadow: The Curious Morgan Horse
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Shadow: The Curious Morgan Horse, introduces the characters of the award-winning Morgan Horse series to younger readers. In this adventure, the young horse Shadow decides to explore the woods beyond her pasture. She searches for a magic pond and along the way meets many different forest animals. But when Shadow realizes she has become lost, how will she find her way home?
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Shadow: The Curious Morgan Horse, introduces the characters of the award-winning Morgan Horse series to younger readers. In this adventure, the young horse Shadow decides to explore the woods beyond her pasture. She searches for a magic pond and along the way meets many different forest animals. But when Shadow realizes she has become lost, how will she find her way home?

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One day, the rooster who lived in the barn wandered into Shadow’s field and told the young horse about his amazing adventures in the woods beyond the fence. 

            “You really went into the woods?” asked Shadow in disbelief.

            “Yes, many times,” answered the rooster as he puffed out his chest.  “In fact, the last time I traveled into the woods was yesterday.  I was gone for several hours and met lots of wild animals.”

            “Did you see a bear?” asked the curious horse.

            “Yes!” exclaimed the rooster. 

            “Did he scare you?” asked Shadow.

            “He roared at me, but I wasn’t afraid.  I cock-a-doodle-dooed and he ran away,” bragged the rooster as he puffed his chest out even further.  “Then I met a deer who showed me a magical pond.  The water sparkled and the deer told me that anybody who drank from the pond could fly!”

            “Wow!” exclaimed Shadow.  “Did you drink the water?”

“No,” said the rooster.  “It was getting dark and I had to go home.  But I want to return to that pond soon.”  The rooster scratched the ground with his bright yellow feet and then turned and walked away.  As Shadow watched the rooster return to the barn, she decided that she wanted to go into the woods to find the amazing pond. 

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I had so many requests from parents to publish a book for younger children that I decided to write a story about a talking horse.  This book takes two of the characters from the award-winning Morgan Horse series and sends one of them, a young, curious foal, on a magical adventure.  This book is written at a second grade reading level (ages 7 - early 8), those who have mastered simple one or two sentences per page but are not quite ready for chapter books.  

About Ellen

Award-winning author Ellen Feld began her career in a field far removed from horses. Receiving a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts with a double major of Russian and Soviet and Eastern European Studies, Ms. Feld continued her studies with graduate work at Georgetown...

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Published Reviews

Feb.14.2008

"Ellen Feld has given kids another top-notch book in her award-winning Morgan Horse series...This book combines an exciting story with a lot of useful, practical information. It's a well-rounded way...

Feb.14.2008

"This is a great story for young readers ages nine and up. Ellen Feld’s knowledge of horses–their care, breeding and showing–is very evident and lends credibility to the plot. The engaging drawings by...