Saturday, February 19, 2011

52 Books in 52 Weeks - Week 8 - Justin Morgan had a Horse

This week's book for the 52 Books in 52 Weeks is Justin Morgan Had a Horse by Marguerite Henry.  Ms. Henry has written a number of books about horses including the Album of Horses of which both Sophia and Olivia have a copy.  It's an excellent resource that has information and illustrations about different breeds of horses. 

When we did a unit study on horses a couple of years ago, I read Justin Morgan had a Horse to the girls.  This book is part of Sonlight's curriculum for Sophia, so I'm going to read it again to them.  Being that the girls are older, they may hear some things they didn't hear the first time around.

The back cover summarizes this 170-page book:  Joel Goss knows that Little Bub is a special colt, even though he's a runt. And when schoolteacher Justin Morgan asks Joel to break the colt in, Joel is thrilled!

Soon word about Little Bub has spread throughout the entire Northeast -- this spirited colt can pull heavier loads than a pair of oxen. And run faster than thoroughbreds!

This is the story of the little runt who became the father of the world-famous breed of American horses -- the Morgan.

The girls received some past issues of Horse and Rider from one of the parents in their 4-H club whose family has and shows horses.  They have been cutting out pictures of their favorite horses and putting them aside for use in a project.  I'm not sure what they have in it will be interesting to see what they create.

This week, we'll also be looking at the 4-H horse project booklets for Sophia and determining which activities she'd like to do between now and the County Fair (in July).  I'm also going to look at the curriculum for Cloverbuds (a 4-H program for children who are in second grade and younger) and see if there are any horse-related project that Olivia can do.


Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I read ALL of Henry's books multiple times as a kid. They are wonderful. I loved Justin Morgan had a Horse. My favorite though was her book on the Lippizaners - I always loved those magestic white horses. Second favorite was Brighty of the Grand Canyon.

Laurel said...

My daughter and I just finished reading this last week, and really enjoyed it. She's almost 9. We read "Misty of Chincoteague," "Stormy, Misty's Foal," and "Born To Trot" before that. I want to get "Brighty of the Grand Canyon" for her next. I loved those books as a kid, and it's a delight to share them with my equally horse-crazy daughter now.

Jean said...

I read Henry's books so many times! My favorites were King of the Wind and the Lipizzaner one. I'm trying to get my horse-mad daughter to read them, but she's resistant to anything new, so it's taking a while.