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Maestoso Petra

(Horse Diaries #4)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  418 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Vienna, Austria, 1938

Maestoso Petra is a world-famous Lipizzaner stallion. He has spent years in the Spanish Riding School, training to perform the complex airs above the ground that only Lipizzaner can accomplish. But when World War II breaks out in Europe, he learns to think less about performing and more about survival. Here is Maestoso Petra’s story . . . in his own
Paperback, 160 pages
Published March 9th 2010 by Random House Children's Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Slightly boring but it's a good book
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animal, horse-diaries
I love the series. And I love how it is in a horse's point of view.
Mar 27, 2019 rated it liked it
This was an interesting book. My daughter and I learned quite a bit from the facts at the end of the story. I thought that the story was rather slow, despite the events that should have been fast-paced. Maybe it was our lack of knowledge about these horses beforehand, or maybe it was simply the method in which the story was told. This would be a great book for young horse lovers.

It was sad, and happy. I love this book because it had alot of exciting parts in it. I would recommend this book to anyone that loves horses.
Gerri Leen
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Another great offering in this series.
Jun 18, 2019 rated it liked it
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Lizzie just didn't like this one as well as she had the others in the series. There were a LOT of unfamiliar and foreign words which made it difficult for her to read on her own. There was a lot going on in the book. It tried to tell several stories at once: that of the Lipizzaner stallions in general (their tradition and history), that of the WWII era in Austria, and that of a family of a horse trainer and rider who worked with the stallions. To try to cover all of those aspects of the books ...more
Sep 24, 2018 rated it liked it
- This was alright, but it wasn't as cute as the other books in the series.

- The heartwarming relationship with the horse and the humans wasn't there.

- The story was a bit dry.

- I enjoyed learning more about these show horses though.
Oct 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maestoso Petra is a young Lipizzaner stallion born in the countryside of Austria in 1932. He first few years there are carefree as he races through the country meadows with the other horses. At age four, he is selected for the great honor of being trained at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. He enjoys the training and especially enjoys the visits from his trainer's young daughter, Liesl. Maestoso Petra becomes Liesl's favorite horse at the school, and he always looks forward to her visits and ...more
Oct 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Maestroso Petra was Lipizzaner stallion born in 1938
Vienna, Austria.Where he was inducted into the famous Spanish Riding School. Where he was taught to do compelex dances that only the Lipizzzaner could do.This all changed when World War two came to Europe.After Maestroso Petra's barn was bombed and they all has to evacuate they had to move into the middle of the woods. Where new barns where build . As these events start changing Petra.His groom's little sister takes Meastroso Petra for a ride
Mar 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was very thought out and flowed nicely. I think the author did a fantastic job with it.

Measotoso Pedra was born in Austria in 1932. Taking after his father's legacy, he is chosen to go to the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. According to his father, it is the highest honor. After training for years he has become famous for doing flying leaps and dancing; things only lippaziner stallions are capable of doing. But, when WWII comes to Europe, Pedra and his fellow horses and people, must
Kim Hathorn
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. It's a children's book, but not written expressly for them as Maestoso Petra is narrating as an adult horse. The story is really interesting, and there are sections about the Lippizzaner horse and the historical events occuring during Maestoso Petra's life. There are illustrations throughout the book too giving it a nice flavor.
C. Michael
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Perhaps the best of the series so far (4th in sequence). Like the others, tells the story from the point of view of the horse, but in this case also from the point of view of old age, looking back on events that included the evacuation of the Lipizzaners from Vienna during World War II and their subsequent struggle to survive. Agreeably blends fact with creative license in the plot.
Dec 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
We love the books in this series. The stories are fictional, but based on fact. We use them as a jumping off point for our homeschool lessons. Easier to get my horse lover to learn new things when I can tie the lessons into something horse related!
Excellent horse fiction for the younger audience. I LOVE the Spanish Riding School. I wish I was a Bereiter. Sadly, I must live my dreams vicariously, and this was such a fun ride!
Historical fiction.
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: auryn-s-books
My favorite part was when the Spanish riding school was rebuilt after the war.the worst part was when the war favorite character was Maestoso Petra because he was the main character in the story.the worst character was the people who were going to steal Maestoso Petra.Auryn 9 years
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My child loved the series!!
Carlos Calderon
Awesome story

You know this story was touching and action packed it was sweet and I really like to meet this author because you can feel it is a diary
Oct 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Yes, I grew up as a pony club girl, so I could not resist. I have adored the Lipizzan stallions my whole life and aspired to be one of their riders, alas they did not accept girls.
Feb 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Another piece of history I didn't know. More gorgeous illustrations.
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A very good story. I always wanted to know about the Lippizanner breed of horse. They are beautiful horses with the soul and spirit of a dancer. I admire anyone who loves to dance.
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