Wonder Horse: The True Story Of The World's Smartest Horse (2010)
Wonder Horse: The True Story of the World's Smartest Horse (2010)
4.07 of 5 Votes: 2
0805087931 (ISBN13: 9780805087932)
Henry Holt and Co.
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My 6 year old children read this story over the summer and enjoyed it. When I retold the story to adults, they were amazed at it.I think children can read this book and appreciate the message of kindness towards animals. There is also an opportunity to discuss slavery, and prejudice with this book. The topic is only slightly mentioned but it is clearly an aspect of this true story.Recommend this book for engaging non-fiction for young children. Bill Key was born a slave and always had a way with animals. After the Civil War he became a veterinarian and tried to spread the word that treating animals with kindness was better than cruelty. He once bought an Arabian mare named Lauretta. Unfortunately, Lauretta died while giving birth to a foal, Jim, who had twisted legs. Although others might have given up on Jim, Bill did not. In fact, he taught Jim to recognize letters, colors, and even do math. People were astounded and some were skeptical. Bill travelled with Jim and used their show to encourage people to be kind to animals.This was an interesting book. I had never heard of this horse before. I appreciate the author’s bibliography and note which add to the credibility of the story.
Lovely picture book about the world's cleverest horse. Really touching, in my opinion.
Loved the story & especially loved that it was a *true* story! Awesome!
Lily said she read this 10 times. A great story with many layers.
WONDERful story, lovely illustrations! A gem!
A very inspiring, true story.
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