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Tecolote: The Little Horse That Could [Kindle Edition]

Sandy Nathan

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Book Description

A MESSAGE FROM VILASA PRESS: We are pleased to introduce Tecolote: The Little Horse That Could, a true story intended for children. It's industry code is juvenile nonfiction and its national awards are primarily in the children's and juvenile categories. The book has forty-four pages, an appropriate length for a child's book. While written for children, many adults also find Tecolote inspiring.


The little horse's chances were not good. Born prematurely on a freezing night, the buckskin colt had to fight for his life. When he was still a baby, Tecolote lost his mother. Would he be able to find a horse to help him grow up and teach him the ways of the herd? Would he ever know a friend who would love and protect him?

Be with Tecolote as he masters the challenges that young horses--and young people--face as they grow up and become all they're meant to be.

Tecolote: The Little Horse That Could
will inspire children and adults alike.

Join Sandy Nathan as she tells a true tale of a young horse growing up straight and tall, a youngster who will remind you of the child in us all.

The illustrations in this book are snapshots taken while Tecolote's story was unfolding. In using snapshots, the author wanted to bring you as close to the action as possible and introduce you to the real Tecolote, Shambho, Rosie, and all the other horses of Rancho Vilasa. This truly is Tecolote's scrapbook--welcome to his world.


The 2011 Silver Nautilus Award for Children's Nonfiction (Gr. 1-6)
The Nautilus Award recognizes books, audio books, and e-books that promote spiritual growth, conscious living and positive social change. The Nautilus Award recognizes distinguished contributions in adult, young adult, teen, and children's literature. Previous winners include Thich Nhat Hanh, Eckhart Tolle, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

2011 National Indie Excellence Contest: Tecolote  is a Finalist  in:
  • Animals/Pets General
  • Juvenile Non-fiction
Tecolote: The Little Horse That Could  is a winner in many ways. It's simple story is a deep exploration of the ways of the horse and the value of caring and fighting for life and love.  The photos show the truth of the tale: a horse and a family's history bound into one.
Gerald DiPego, screenwriter Phenomenon, Instinct, Message in a Bottle, Angel Eyes

Tecolote: The Little Horse That Could
is the heartwarming story of a tiny foal who manages to survive a rough start. Illustrated with beautiful photos documenting the life of
Tecolote as he grows to become a big horse, this charming book will appeal to readers of all ages.
L.C. Evans, author Talented Horsewoman

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1466 KB
  • Print Length: 36 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 097628099X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Vilasa Press; 1 edition (1 Jan. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XMP510
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #839,932 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

"I write books that touch the heart--and mind and soul. My six books include two nonfiction titles. One is a modern spiritual companion. The other is the story of a premature baby horse born on our ranch.

"The other four are fiction. Look out! They're no-holds-barred action in worlds formed in my imagination. My novels can be called science fiction, paranormal fantasy, and visionary fiction. Whatever you call them, they are written around a moral core. I hold out the possibility of the human race straightening up and doing right. You won't get a plot you can predict from me. My novels don't always have happy endings and sometimes they're plain old scary. And violent.

"My writing has won twenty four national awards in the US, including the Benjamin Franklin Award (finalist) and Gold, Silver & Bronze Medals in the IPPY (Independent Press) Awards. These are two of the most prestigious, oldest and largest competitions for independent presses. I've also won two Silver Nautilus Awards. The Nautilus competition is for books that positively impact the planet. I've also won a large handful of other awards.

"If you'd like to see some reviews, hop over to my books' pages on the US Amazon site. My reviews are very good, and almost all of them on the US Amazon site," Sandy says.

Mrs. Nathan was born in San Francisco, California and raised in Silicon Valley. "When it comes to writing books like Numenon, where a great Native American shaman meets the richest man in the world, a Silicon Valley billionaire, I am all set with the corporate side of the story. I know all about the hard-driving, competitive, ultra-smart culture of the San Francisco Bay Area. It's part of me."

Sandy holds Master's Degrees in Economics and Marriage, Family, & Child Counseling. She was a doctoral student at Stanford's Graduate School of Business and has been an economic analyst, businesswoman, and negotiation coach, as well as an author. And horse breeder!

A lifelong horsewoman, Sandy has loved and ridden horses most of her life. "My fondest memories are of riding through the redwood forests of California's Coastal Range. Our family bred Peruvian Paso horses for 20 years."

Mrs. Nathan lives on her family's ranch with her husband. She has three grown children and two grandchildren.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute and Funny - An Absolute Delight! 24 April 2011
By Rebecca of Amazon - Published on
"Tecolote" is such a wonderful story about how a horse overcomes immense challenges just to stay alive. When he is born early trouble ensues. Even his mother Rosie refuses to let anyone close enough to help the newborn colt. Left with few options, he remained in the field all night in the bitter cold until more help could arrive in the morning. Soon Tecolote is up on his feet and learns to run and play. Sandy Nathan is such a good story teller you will be captivated from the first word until the last. She has included adorable pictures which make the story come alive. This is such a warm and amusing tale it made me laugh out loud a few times. I loved how Sandy Nathan explains how horses grow up and need special attention to be well mannered and tame. This is not just a children's book, it will be enjoyed by people of all ages. What a lovely book. It is cute and funny and an absolute delight!

~The Rebecca Review
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Chidlren's Book 6 Jan. 2011
By JessicaSchley - Published on
Tecolote is the Spanish word for owl. The main character in this book was as wise as an owl. He was born with a challenge: crooked legs. This book would be the perfect gift for any child who has been born with challenges which they need support and encouragement to overcome. Tecolote is a roll model for children and adults, in how to get on in life successfully without the best start.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful for kids 2 Feb. 2011
By Mike Murnane - Published on
I was given this book by a good friend. I picked it up to glace through and as was immediately fascinated by it. I could not stop thinking how wonderful this would be for my grandchildren, especially a girl who is nine. Many children dream of having a horse, kind of like a fantasy. I dreamed of being a cowboy when I was young. This book makes the dream real. What young horses look like, how they are cared for and what they do when they are born and start to grow. How horses make friends with other horses, how they are trained and the many things they must learn. How much work and responsibility it is for people to own, feed, train and care for horses. It is a glimpse into the life of a horse and their owner. It makes the experience real for the reader, especially if the reader is young.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for Animal Lovers 11 Jan. 2011
By Just Me - Published on
This was a wonderful, sweet, touching little book. Tecolote came into this world early and not in the best condition. With love he was able to overcome his difficulties and grow into a beautiful horse. Reading his story was a real treat. The pictures in the book are beautiful and very expressive. He overcame many obstacles and brought so much happiness into the lives of those around him.

This is a terrific book for little ones and big ones too. It shows how animals have so much to offer us and teach us. In my opinion this is a must read for any animal lover. I have never owned a horse or even ridden one but I fell in love with Tecolote as soon as I open this book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming story for everyone 19 Jan. 2011
By Zippora Karz - Published on
I absolutely loved this book! This is not just a story for children or animal lovers. And it is more than a story about a young colt who almost didn't make it, and how difficulties in life can turn into blessings. Through Tecolote's journey we feel the love of a mother for her child, (horse for filly and colt), how to find friends, play with them, and create mischief as well. And we see how through losses in life, we find strength in ourselves and in others. I loved that the author used real photographs of the horses. This is a story for any age. I cried and laughed and marveled at all the ways love can be expressed in our lives.
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