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Why We Raise Belgian Horses

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When he is 17, Norwegian fisherman Lars is sent to live with his uncle in Dakota Territory in America, at least until a famine lets up a little back home. He takes his little brother along, and the two of them must deal with a world quite unlike anything they could have imagined, while also coming to grips with the challenges of growing up. And falling in love. And ...more
Paperback, 158 pages
Published February 19th 2014 by Createspace (first published March 30th 2011)
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Jemima Pett
May 10, 2012 Jemima Pett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is an interesting way of presenting a historical novel (suitable for all ages), with the basic idea being that you are being told the story of your family history, passed down through the generations. I hope most people have had the opportunity to listen to their parent's tales of what they did when they were young, or how they met, but not many of us, I suspect, get the story of their parents, or theirs...

Lars and his young brother have to emigrate from Norway since there isn't enough food
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Mindy
Jun 23, 2013 Mindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I received this book for free through Goodreads' First Reads program. I was asked to give an honest review in return after I read the book.

I absolutely loved this book.

I laughed out loud quite a few times, especially when Torvald (the younger brother) did some of his stunts. I thought all of the characters were very well developed although I would like to know what happened to Uncle Anders. It never really said at the end what happened to him.

The author did a wonderful job explaining the comp
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Nancy Steinle gummel
This book is a first read win and I'm giving my honest opinion. Why We Raise Belgian Horses by Kathryn Judson it told in an interesting manner. It is told by a great great grandchild of the people the story is about. They interrupt themselves in the story quite often but it fits together in this case. It starts with our unknown narrator going over the basic facts before the tale begins. It begins with bad times in Norway. In this region on the fjords the harvest is poor. The backup food the fish ...more
Elizabeth Mundie
Apr 26, 2012 Elizabeth Mundie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why We Raise Belgian Horses is not only a wholesome and entertaining story, but it is a quintessentially American story of how many cultures came together to form new traditions and new family. The way that the author has skillfully woven characters of Norwegian, American frontier, Indian, and various other origins, as well as animals, into one sweet, funny, poignant tale brings this little jewel into the territory of the Great American Novel. It's a story of love, family, sacrifice, and faith. ...more
Linda Marie Marsh
Aug 18, 2015 Linda Marie Marsh rated it really liked it
You know how when you were young and your grandparents started reminscing about the olden days? There are some cultures where this is the way history is passed down thru the generations.
This author has gathered up stories of her ancestors Lars and Torvald who travel from Norway to settle in the Dakota territories, and created a uniquely written book.
Both my husband and i enjoyed it, and we are sending it on to my dad...whose stories of the old days i grew up on.
Brittany
Jul 31, 2014 Brittany rated it it was amazing
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I loved this story. Why We Raise Belgian Horses is told as though your grandmother has sat you down near the fire. It was beautiful and heartwarming. You could just fall in love with the characters! I was very sad when it was over and would love more stories about this family.

Overall I'd recommend this to everybody. It's funny, sweet and such a comforting read.

I won this book in a goodreads first reads giveaway.
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A very enjoyable read. A good family story.
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