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Horse Diaries #4: Maestoso Petra by Jane…

Horse Diaries #4: Maestoso Petra

by Jane Kendall

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This was a wonderful little book! Maestoso Petra is a Lipizzaner stallion born in Piber, then taken to Vienna to train at the famous Spanish Riding School with other famous Lipizzaners. He bonds with his trainer and rider, and the little girl named Liesl, who brings him special treats. He lives like royalty until World War II breaks out and everything suddenly changes. It's unsafe for both humans and horses alike in Vienna, so they head west, and don't return to Vienna for ten whole years. During the war it's frightening and everything is uncertain, but wonderful American soldiers eventually come to rescue them. Meastoso Petra is briefly reunited with his mother, Mama Petra, which I thought was wonderful. Liesl secretly rides him in the reopening of the Winter Riding Hall in front of hundreds of very important people, which I was also very happy about. This was a good book, but I think it could have been better if there had been more time spent explaining Maestoso Petra's training at the Spanish Riding School. He talks about learning all these complicated moves that only Lipizzaners can do, but very little about *how* he learned them. ( )
  Heather19 | Mar 18, 2017 |
This is one of the best of the Horse Diaries. Kendall has crafted a fast moving historical account of the plight of the Lipizzaner stallion's and the Spanish Riding School. The familiar story is given a new twist as told by Maestro Petra as he and a young girl flee for their lives. All ages will enjoy this one. A great gift or stocking stuffer. ( )
  BackyardHorse | Dec 8, 2011 |
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"Oh! if people knew what a comfort to horses a light hand is..."
-from Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell
For Serena Du Bois -J.K.
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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 words.

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Maestoso Petra, a Lipizzaner stallion, trains to perform in the Spanish Riding School and is hidden away during the German occupation of Austria in World War II. Includes facts about Lipizzaner horses and the world-famous Spanish Riding School.

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