Here’s What People Are Saying About RAJA, Story of a Racehorse
“An outstanding debut novel for young people.”
—Kirkus starred review
“This is a very very good book. It’s definitely one of my favorite horse books – and I have read a lot of them!….. It’s heartbreaking at times but also wonderful at others. I couldn’t put it down. I would definitely recommend it!”
“A compelling tale of the courage and resilience of a great Thoroughbred, my favorite breed.”
—Michael Matz, Hall of Fame Show Jumper, Olympic medalist and trainer of 2006 Kentucky Derby winner, Barbaro
About the Illustrator
Margaret “Peggy” Kauffman isn’t just an artist who paints and sculpts horses, she’s a lifelong rider. After earning her “B” rating from the Fairfield County Connecticut Pony Club, she went on to compete as an Intermediate Level eventer and as an amateur rider in both hunters and jumpers.Peggy studied art at Bennett College and the Maryland Institute College of Art and now works in bronze and stone as a sculptor and pastels as a painter. She’s internationally known for her portraits of both people and animals …..particularly horses.
In addition to Raja: Story of a Racehorse, Peggy has illustrated The Fox’s Morning by Anne McIntosh and Clayton in the Moonlight by Jessi McQuilkin. Her work has received awards from the American Academy of Equine Art and the Kentucky Derby Museum, been featured on the cover of Chronicle of the Horse and in Spur, Equine Images and Country and Abroad magazines.
Peggy lives in the Hudson Valley of New York with her two horses, Irish Festival (her 29 year-old retired eventer) and It’s Jim Not Jimmy, a son of Triple Crown winner Affirmed, that she adopted from the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (www.trfinc.org). You can see more of Peggy’s work on her website, www.peggykauffman.com