Author: Ted Lewin
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Concepts: transportation, economic development, technological change
Review: Many years ago before the invention and widespread use of cars and trucks, people relied on horses as their primary means of getting around. Because horses pulled all sorts of trolleys, wagons, carts, and carriages, stables to accommodate them were scattered across cities and towns. Over time, as technological change and economic development brought new modes of transportation, those city stables gradually disappeared or were transformed into other types of structures. A few stables, though, continued to operate, including Kensington Stables in New York City.
With his signature intricate watercolor paintings, Ted Lewin brings the horses at Kensington Stables to life. The down-to-earth story shows how the old stable has remained an integral part of neighborhood life, even in a city dominated by skyscrapers, motor vehicles, and mass transportation. Parents and educators can use the book to initiate discussions with children about how some features from the past can retain their value and meaning in today’s fast-paced world.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children