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Macadoo of the Maury River

Macadoo of the Maury River

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by Gigi Amateau
     
 

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A sequel to Chancey of the Maury River, this heart-tugging story focuses on Macadoo — the gentle giant of the Maury River Stables.

When Macadoo is just a colt, he challenges his father — a huge Belgian stallion — in order to protect his dam. From that moment on, Mac knows that his purpose in life is to help others. From surviving a

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A sequel to Chancey of the Maury River, this heart-tugging story focuses on Macadoo — the gentle giant of the Maury River Stables.

When Macadoo is just a colt, he challenges his father — a huge Belgian stallion — in order to protect his dam. From that moment on, Mac knows that his purpose in life is to help others. From surviving a kill auction to learning how to be a vaulting horse to giving therapeutic riding lessons, Mac is always patient and never loses hope in his mission to serve others — and he finds the courage to "walk on" through even the most difficult circumstances. Told with insight and compassion from Macadoo’s point of view, this is a story that all horse lovers will cherish.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Leona Illig
Macadoo is a Belgian draft horse that is destined to face difficult challenges. Told in first person, from Macadoo's point-of-view, this book is the second in the "Horses of the Maury River" series. From the time when Macadoo defended his dam and the rest of the mares from his domineering sire, to the day when he lost his best friend, a boy named Izzy, Macadoo is brave and perseveres. He meets many people in his journey: a nasty auctioneer, an older man with a drinking problem, farmers losing their homes because of medical and financial problems, children who are coping with their parents' divorces, and children suffering from mental and physical limitations. Macadoo must try to understand all of them, but he also has to work hard to find out who he is, and what his purpose in life is. It contains touching lessons about fear, grief, separation, and illness, and it also reaffirms the importance of love, work, and soldiering on with gentle courage even when times are difficult. In modern literature, anthropomorphic animals are often disparaged as old-fashioned. Critics point out that in today's world, older children may dismiss an animal that not only talks to other animals, but also understands what humans say. It is also true that it is difficult for any author to blend the fantasy world of such animals with the real problems of the human world. Nevertheless, this book is a lovely tribute to life, with all its ups and downs. Middle readers (both boys and girls), horse lovers, and adults who appreciate good children's literature, will likely agree. Reviewer: Leona Illig
Kirkus Reviews
This slender novel follows the life of a Belgian draft horse from his yearling days in a pasture in Alberta through several owners until he finds his true calling as a therapeutic and vaulting horse at a riding center in Virginia. Depressed and certain that there is no place for draft horses in the world anymore, his sire bites the tip off one of his ears; the resulting defect (inexplicably) sends him to a "kill" auction instead of one for valuable purebreds. A man named John Macadoo saves him from slaughter and takes him to Virginia, where he becomes the companion of a lonely boy. Another forced sale several years later takes him to the Maury River Stables, where he meets a young girl named Claire and an old Appaloosa named Chancey, both characters from the companion book, Chancey of the Maury River (2008). As with the previous book, overly formal and at times overwrought language mars the readability. Several logical lapses strain credulity here as well--Why would the only two choices for selling the horse be by auction? Why would a physical blemish mean his purebred papers wouldn't travel with him?--and the beginning seems to promise a much grander future for the equine protagonist than the simple tale that unfolds. Macadoo's story will please very enthusiastic horse lovers--and only them. (Fiction. 8-12)
School Library Journal
10/01/2013
Gr 4–6—From the time he was a colt, Macadoo, a strong Belgian horse, has known that his life's purpose is to help others. He takes this role very seriously: he protects his mother from an attack by a stallion, he saves a filly from being sold into the wrong hands at an auction, and he comforts a human boy who has lost his mother. When he is sold and taken to live at a different stable, Macadoo's distress at being separated from his loved ones is so great that he believes that he will not be able to continue on as a helper and a protector. However, with the encouragement of his new companions-both horse and human-he discovers that he can find friendship in new places, and he embarks on a new journey as a therapy horse. Told from the horse's point of view, this story gives readers the history of one of the minor characters in Amateau's Chancey of the Maury River (Candlewick, 2008). Though the plot is predictable (especially to those who have read Chancey), Macadoo's response to his struggles will resonate with readers, and this volume will likely find a ready audience among lovers of horse stories.—Sarah Reid, Broome County Public Library, Binghamton, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763637668
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
08/06/2013
Series:
Horses of the Maury River Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.38(h) x 0.78(d)
Lexile:
690L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Meet the Author

Gigi Amateau is the author of Chancey of the Maury River as well as Come August, Come Freedom; A Certain Strain of Peculiar; and Claiming Georgia Tate. She lives in Richmond, Virginia.

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