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Striped Horses: The Story of a Zebra Family

by Betty Dineen

From the Book jacket: This beautifully written nonfiction narrative, illustrated with handsome, detailed drawings, tells the story of Zaccariah, a zebra stallion, and his family. It follows Zaccariah from his battle- as a bachelor stallion-to win a readymade family of his own, to his role as leader and defender of this band of three mares and their young. It describes the zebras' lives in the Nairobi National Park-the pattern of their days and nights, their relationship to the land, the changing seasons and the other animals in the park. It chronicles the birth and development of Zaccariah's first colt, Zed, and the loss of his youngest mare, Zinnia, to another stallion, and it dramatizes the zebra's perilous existence as a prey animal, constantly threatened by such predators as lions, wild dogs, even man. Coming full circle, with Zaccariah's original family group grown and changed and young Zed now ready to join a bachelor band of his own, this unusual animal biography is a lyrical, evocative, highly informative portrait of zebras-the keen-eyed, swift-footed, striped wild horses of Africa. BETTY DINNEEN was born and educated in England. She lived for six years in Nairobi, Kenya, and has since moved to her present home in San Francisco. She has written numerous articles and books for young readers based on her experiences in Africa, including TheFamily Howl, Lion Yellow, A Lurk of Leopards and A Tale of Three Leopards. STEFEN BERNATH is a native NewYorker. He studied art at Cooper Union and the School of Visual Arts. A full- time freelance artist, Mr. Bernath has illustrated numerous children's books (including Betty Dinneen's The Family Howl), and works extensively in advertising.

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