Maestoso Petra (Horse Diaries Series #4)

Maestoso Petra (Horse Diaries Series #4)

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by Jane Kendall, Ruth Sanderson
     
 

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Vienna, Austria, 1938

Maestoso Petra is a world-famous Lipizzaner stallion. He has spent years in the Spanish Riding School, training to perform the complex airs above the ground that only Lipizzaner can accomplish. But when World War II breaks out in Europe, he learns to think less about performing and more about survival. Here is Maestoso Petra’s story .

Overview

Vienna, Austria, 1938

Maestoso Petra is a world-famous Lipizzaner stallion. He has spent years in the Spanish Riding School, training to perform the complex airs above the ground that only Lipizzaner can accomplish. But when World War II breaks out in Europe, he learns to think less about performing and more about survival. Here is Maestoso Petra’s story . . . in his own words.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Bowman-Kruhm
A Lipizzaner, the breed featured in this book, one of the "Horse Diaries" series, tells this story. A reader may first be disconcerted when reading that Maestoso Petra caught "my first whiff of the rich aroma of coffee, for in those days Vienna was a city of coffee and coffeehouses" (p. 31), but, if a reader accepts a horse speaking as an elderly human reminiscing, the story is so intriguing that one does not mind words literally coming straight from the horse's mouth. The book subtly incorporates facts about the breeding and training of Lipizzaner horses with historical information about World War II. Maestoso Petra's early life is spent in Piber in southeastern Austria, until he is selected for training at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. In magnificent stables and galleries, accomplished trainers slowly and gently teach the intricate dances and air-borne movements that characterize the breed. Maestoso Petra shares that he was annoyed when he learned not intelligence but body-build allows only Lipizzaners to carry out these exciting moves. Maestoso Petra's story then describes Hitler's rise, how humans and horses survive, the breed's rescue from likely extinction by General Patton and some American cowboys, and throws in a dash of gender equality. All, mixed together, provide a captivating story that will charm the young person with an interest in horses or in little known information about World War II. Written at a seventh grade Fry readability level, with difficult, multi-syllable words understandable in context. This book is part of the "Horse Diaries" series. Reviewer: Mary Bowman-Kruhm, Ph.D.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375858420
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
03/09/2010
Series:
Horse Diaries Series, #4
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
77,898
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
980L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Jane Kendall is the author of the critically acclaimed young adult historical novels Miranda and the Movies and Miranda Goes to Hollywood. She was an enthusiastic rider growing up, and on one memorable occasion went Christmas caroling on horseback. She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Ruth Sanderson has illustrated books for children of all ages, including Summer Pony and Winter Pony. She lives with her family in Ware, Massachusetts, and her favorite hobby is horseback riding.

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Maestoso Petra (Horse Diaries Series #4) 4.3 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I've had my own horse before and this book almost beats having your own horse. The details are very well written and i highly recomend it for anyone any age. Its definitly the best horse diaries book. ( besides Risky Chance)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i love this book i'm recomending it to everyone i know!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it!Maestoso Petra is so cool!Lippizans are awesome!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ithink that a horse is a wonderful animal and true to human. This was my favrite one and i think that more people sould read about these creatures that are known to have saved people and done kind things to us humans we sould show more respect for them because they once were wild ti'll human came some of there creature has become extinct. I would do anything for one of my own! This book was amazing!
Michelle Endsley More than 1 year ago
I have this book at home and its really good i highly reccomed it!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who cares if they dont have diaries!!! Its just fun! + that was just rude! #partypooper
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH IT WAS GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I love this book so much
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