Justin Morgan Had a Horse
Joel's face suddenly lit up as if he had thought of something for the first time. He spoke now to the horse, as though he were the one that mattered. "Why, come to think of it, you're just like us, Bub. You're American! That's what you are. American!"
In 1791 a Vermont schoolmaster by the name of Justin Morgan comes home with a two-year-old colt named Little Bub. Taken as...more
It all begins in 1791 when lika ...more
One might say, "Sell the horse"--but that's just the problem. No one wants to use their money on a small, (VERY small), scrawny animal, who is weak ...more
I'm not a horse person. But I'm quite taken by Henry's horse stories. One of the things that impresses me about Henry is that all her stories are based on true stories and the amount research she does to write them is tremendous. And it shows in the final product. The illustrations of Wesley Dennis add another level of enjoyment to her stories.
Here she relates the story of the the runty colt that grew up to become his own breed and the boy who be ...more
It’s a nice little horse story with a message about not judging worth from the outside.
I assumed that even though it is historical fiction, that it would stay pretty close to what is known of the true account. Unfortunately, it is as close to what is known, as a Disney movie is true to its book.
Every time I read a book by Marguerite Henry it becomes a new favorite. I've never yet opened one I didn't love. Her stories are sweet, beautifully written, and carefully researched. You will learn something. They are engaging enough for adults and children alike. They carefully introduce vocabulary. They teach virtue.
Justin Morgan Had a Horse depicts the real story of how the Morgan breed came to be. It hauls logs, pulls carriages, out races Thoroughbreds on the 1/2 mile, possesses a sweet disposition and calm manner, and packs all ...more
Ugh. Horse books are not my favorite thing to begin with, but Henry's other two Newberry winners, King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian and Misty of Chincoteague were much better than this one. Joel goes with his teacher (yeah, I don't understand why he's on a summer trip with the schoolmaster either) to claim a debt, but the debt is paid w ...more
I met my first Morgan before I read this book, so she's not responsible for Morgans being one of my absolute most favorite horse breeds. But this clinched it for me. And real Morgans, like Bub, not the nervous fancy hybrids so popular today.
This is an ageless timeless classic. If you have a horse crazy kid- or any kid- or if you or anyone you ...more
Joel is a kid and his schoolmaster is named Justin Morgan. There is a little horse that Joel takes a real liking to that Justin Morgan gets ownership of and Joel wants to train it (or as they say, "gentle it"). The rest of the story is about Joel's relationship with the horse.
This book is based on hist ...more