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Justin Morgan Had a Horse by Marguerite…

Justin Morgan Had a Horse (original 1954; edition 2007)

by Marguerite Henry (Author)

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An unusual work horse raised in Vermont and known originally as "Little Bub" becomes the sire of a famous American breed and takes the name of his owner, Justin Morgan.
Title:Justin Morgan Had a Horse
Authors:Marguerite Henry (Author)
Info:Aladdin Paperbacks (2007), Edition: Reprint ed., 169 pages
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Justin Morgan Had a Horse by Marguerite Henry (1954)

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    A Morgan for Melinda by Doris Gates (bookel)
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    A filly for Melinda by Doris Gates (bookel)
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    Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham (kaledrina)
    kaledrina: similar main characters (Bowditch as a child, Joel; Bowditch as an adult, Justin Morgan); indentured children, drive for success

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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
This fictionalized account of the first Morgan horse is a bit old fashioned but it's still a decent enough tale. None of the characters are very deeply developed. Even the protagonist, Joel Goss, isn't a full personality. Towards the end, the story sidelines for 40 or 50 pages to tell about the War of 1812, including some bits about military tactics. This whole section is irrelevant to the story of the horse, so it feels out of place and unnecessary. And I must complain about the last sentence of the book. Probably in 1954, when originally published, the closing line seemed brilliantly patriotic, but today it just seems self righteously trite and contrived. ( )
  fingerpost | Jun 18, 2019 |
After all of these years, this book still makes me cry. Not a sad cry, but a happy cry. I read this book so much as a child, my copy fell apart. I was so happy to find it again as an adult. It was so much fun revisiting one of my best childhood friends. I feel like Joel and Little Bub were two of my closest companions growing up!
  tntbeckyford | Feb 16, 2019 |
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To my Morgan horse, Friday, and to Fred Tejan, who gentled him
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This is the story of a common, ordinary little work horse who turned out to be the father of a famous family of American horses.
The little reddish-brown colt stopped nibbling grass.
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An unusual work horse raised in Vermont and known originally as "Little Bub" becomes the sire of a famous American breed and takes the name of his owner, Justin Morgan.

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This is the extraordinary tale of a little workhorse, who, after being born in obscurity, becomes one of the greatest breeding stallions of all time. In this true story Newbery Medal-winning author Marguerite Henry and artist Wesley Dennis celebrate the life of the only horse ever to establish a breed all by himself -- the Morgan.

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