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Posted February 21, 2008
Annie: The Mysterious Morgan Horse is just one book in a delightful series by Ellen F. Feld. Annie is a Morgan horse who has had an eventful, but rough life. Annie was the victim of harsh treatment from an abusive trainer. Because of this abuse, Annie failed to realize her potential as a show horse. Due to some extraordinary events Annie suddenly finds herself free of her torturous environment. Annie soon finds herself in much more caring hands at the Gallant Morgan Horse Farm. Due to events detailed in the story, the owner of the farm does not know the background of Annie. Much of the story¿s focus is on search for information about Annie¿s origins by farm owner Chauncy Campbell. Because of this search, young Heather Richardson finds herself growing attached to the mysterious horse. So strong is her attachment, Heather ends up withholding information about Annie¿s past which she accidentally discovered. What results from Heather¿s decision is a good illustration of what can happen when a little, well intended lie spirals out of control. Annie: The Mysterious Morgan Horse will appeal to younger readers, girls in particular. The characters are very well though out, and the main female character (Heather Richardson) has a strong voice. For those who are familiar with equine terminology, Annie will be an easy read. For those who do not know much about horses, the story will give a good insight into the world of horse shows, equine care, and the legend of Justin Morgan.
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Posted June 8, 2009
The most recent book in the Morgan Horse series by Ellen Feld is full of horse action, instruction, history of Justin Morgan, and lots of fun. Annie is a new horse that Chauncy, the owner of Gallant Morgans, is given for free. The previous owner, who can't keep the horse, doesn't know anything about her past. Chauncy tells Heather, the teenager who rides his horses, that Annie can only stay if they can locate her registration papers, something that pure-blooded horses have that makes them more valuable. When Heather uncovers the truth about Annie, she's afraid to tell Chauncy because she fears the horse will be returned to a cruel trainer.
This story has plenty to recommend it. There is a good lesson within its pages - what happens when you lie. Heather lies to Chauncy about Annie, and then has to keep covering her lie with bigger and bigger lies. A horse show class called the Justin Morgan class is covered as well as a trotting race that is still run on the dirt road where Justin Morgan raced back in the 1790s. Kids will love reading this book without realizing that they are learning important life lessons as well as a little history. Quill says: Keep your horse-crazy kids reading with this book.