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  • Posted January 24, 2013

    If you went to Vermont, back in the time of the late 1700s... yo

    If you went to Vermont, back in the time of the late 1700s... you would meet Justin Morgan. He was a man who had a problem. It all started because a farmer owed Justin some money. The farmer couldn't pay the debt, so instead, he gave a horse. To some people, that would be a wonderful thing to receive, but Justin didn't need a horse. He needed money.

    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 and cannot work like other horses. Since no one will buy poor Little Bub, Justin is indeed stuck with him.

    See what can happen that turns this story upside-down when Justin Morgan's friend decides to help out. Why, even President Monroe takes notice!

    This book tells a true story. I liked the book because while I was reading it, I knew that it actually happened. In fact, Little Bub's tale became an American legend. This is a delightful horse story, great for boys & girls to read (ages 9 and up).

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2010

    really enjoyable book about a horse and a boy

    Justin Morgan's main claim to fame in history has been as the owner of an unusual "runt" work horse raised in Vermont and originally known as "Little Bub" which became the sire of a famous American breed of horse named after its first owner, the Morgan horse. However, Justin Morgan was not a horse breeder. He was an early American school teacher, singing master, and composer. Those of us who are familiar with American concert music may be acquainted with a piece called "Fantasy for Double String Orchestra on a Hymn Tune of Justin Morgan" by Thomas Canning which is based on "Amanda," a hymn tune composed by Justin Morgan. The book tells the story of how Morgan, with his young friend and student Joel Goss, goes from Randolph, VT, to Springfield, MA, in 1795 because Farmer Beane owes him some money that he needs.
    Farmer Beane cannot pay, but he gives Morgan a fine steed named Ebenezer instead. Little Bub seems to want to go with Ebenezer, so Farmer Beane throws him in the deal as well. However, the main character of the book is not Morgan but Joel, who gentles Little Bub for Morgan, watches the horse outpull and outrace other horses while being rented out to a local farmer, and then tries to buy him at an auction after Morgan's death. Unfortunately, he does not have enough money, and Bub is purchased by the local carpenter but is then sold very quickly to someone else who takes him away. Joel looks for Bub while an apprentice at Miller Chase's inn, searches for the horse while fighting during the War of 1812, and continues to think about him after becoming an adult and a partner of Miller Chase. But will he ever see the horse again? Marguerite Henry has written several good horse stories. We have read her series beginning with Misty of Chincoteague (a 1948 Newbery Honor book) and also her Newbery Award winning King of the Wind. Justin Morgan Had a Horse was a Newbery Honor book in 1946. We did this as a family read aloud, and everyone enjoyed it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    Highly Recommend

    This book is about the beginning of the only truly American horse, and he is a winner. The book is suitable for students in grades 4 through 7. Youngsters' lives during that era are described beautifully. Apprenticeships are discussed. Author, Marguerite Henry's vocabulary is challenging --not dumbed down. Readers will enhance their vocabulary, leading to better writing skills. As a Reading specialist and teacher, I used this book w/ many reading groups and the students enjoyed it. The copy I just purchased is for my grandson as I want him to be exposed to quality content and have the fun of reading a very interesting story. MsBookWorm2

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    Horse lover

    Love horses oh ya

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    To all poeple

    If ur a horse lover please return

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    SILVERPAW TO LILACSONG

    YOU NEVER TOLD ME THAT I COULD NOT HAVE A MATE UNTIL I WAS A WARRIOR

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    Anonymous

    THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!!! Definate for all horse lovers!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Dreamkit

    She sleeps, curled up next to Wishbreeze

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Applepaw

    (,,,)(='.'=)(,,,) or face paw /) < ^^ > or epic (/) < ^^ > (/)

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Stormfeather to Wishbreeze

    (Camp is next result.)

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Wishbreeze

    (^•~_~•^)

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Velvetstar to Horseclan

    The waterfall was surrounded by big tall boulders on both sides. One rock stuck out quite a bit, creating a big overhang above the camp. It supported a fallen tree were egerything could be seen. Here, Horseclans meetings would be held. -High Log-

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2004

    This book states the first Morgan horsewhich is skillfully put together

    I really think this book was very interesting, I do not have a negative thing to say towards it and that is the reason I rated it a 5, if there were higher rate I would have to say infinity. Thank You

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2013

    I

    I love justin

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    Justin Morgan had a horse

    So far, so great!

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