Man O' War

Man O' War

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by Walter Farley
     
 

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A fictionalized biography of the American race horse who won twenty of twenty-one races, told by a stable boy who grew up with the great horse.

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A fictionalized biography of the American race horse who won twenty of twenty-one races, told by a stable boy who grew up with the great horse.

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"An exciting, moving piece of fiction based on the facts about one of the greatest horses of all time. The feeling for horses, horse breeding and training, and horse racing is masterfully handled. Thrilling, highly recommended."—(starred) School Library Journal.
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"An exciting, moving piece of fiction based on the facts about one of the greatest horses of all time. The feeling for horses, horse breeding and

training, and horse racing is masterfully handled. Thrilling, highly recommended.
Children's Literature
Danny Ryan, a fictional former stable boy of Man o' War, is the narrator of this glorious fictionalized biography of the legendary racehorse. Ryan reminisces about Man o' War's life against the backdrop of the running of the Man o' War Handicap at the newly renovated New York Aqueduct racetrack. Farley's magnificent work of equine delight follows Danny's fascination with every moment of the life of Man o' War; from the night of his birth to his single defeat to his final race at Kenilworth Park and into his stud days. This book is enlightening in its telling of the true story of a horse that won 20 of 21 starts. Farley does a good job of transporting the reader into the hysteria and excitement of horseracing in the early 1900s. He cleverly draws on the personality and feeling of Danny to root Man o' War in the hearts of his readers thus creating a personal connection between Man o' War and the reader through Danny. Farley expertly intertwines the trappings of horse racing into Man o' War's story, showing that he prevailed despite various trials and challenges that were a part of racing horses, including: jockeys, rankings, false starts, weights, and potential injuries. Farley ascribes Man o' War's racing and stud career the proper glory it deserves through his masterful retelling of a little known story. 2003 (orig. 1962), Random House, Ages 10 to 18.
— Sarah Nelson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394860152
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/28/1983
Series:
Black Stallion Series
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
368,350
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.87(d)
Lexile:
880L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Man O' War 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
mlbalser More than 1 year ago
I am 65 and have always enjoyed horses and stories about horses and the relationships that are developed between human and horse. This book is extremely well written just as all books written by Walter Farley. I have to admit this is one of his very best. Not only is the outline a true story of a great race horse, Man O'War, but the fictional overtones that were added to make the story are wonderful. Mr. Farley has followed Man O' War's history of racing perfectly and made it a book for all ages. I just have one suggestion, I would like to see him write a book about Secretariat just like this one. I would add it to my collection of "Walter Farley Books". I have every book, some of them which I've had many, many years. I not only recommend this book for children but also for adult horse lovers.You must buy this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book and really gave you an idea of what Man o' War was really like...If you love horses, I recommend this book to you..Even if you don't really like horses, you should read this book! I love horses, and I am eager to learn about all of the great racehorses...This book gave you full detail about Man o' War from the night he was born, to the 21 races he ran, to his death.....He really was an amazing horse....YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK!!*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have this book. Its a very touching story. It took me about a month to finish, lol. I think its a great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the great horses immortalized by one of the great horse writers. Should be in every horse lover's library along with the Black Stallion, Flicka, Seabiscuit and the newest member of the equestrian legends-to-be: Diosa: One Mare's Odyssey on the Planet Earth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Someone said Man o' War sucked. He said he was a crap ass slow horse ! CAN U BELIEVE THAT? MANOWAR IS MY FAV HORSE AND I LOVE HIM I LOVE U MANOWAR IT WOULD BE AWESOME TO RIDE U
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He' s my fav. race horse of all time!!!
bonnieja More than 1 year ago
Such an incredible horse. I loved the Black Stallion series as a child so it was nice to be able to read about a real horse and his accomplishments but not be turned off by a non-fiction book as a child. Walter Farley makes you feel like you were there witnessing the finest horse of the era!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My horse is related to man o war!!!!!!!!!! Believe it or not but man o war ia in his family tree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book! Followed his life from the beginning. One of my great favorites! (All of which include racehorses) P.S if you like this book you should look up more of walter farleys books like The Black Stallion series ~M
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read! The story line is great, and the author gives a great description of the legendary Man O' War. Easy five stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Man O' War you are the best horse . My street is named after you so that is cool
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Man o War by Walter Farley is an excellent book for all readers, you will fall in love with the big red chesnut colt, who captured fans hearts around the world, he broke all the records, beat all the horses, and now he comes too life in this wonderfull illustrated book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a great book, it has a bit of everything and you will LOVE it!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I follow the scent trail here. I follow the scent trail again and sprint away.~daisykit
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will stand beside you even if you break the warrior code. You have a good reason and you are my friend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
IT was avery well written book, but i stilldon't think that Mon-O-War is the best Secretariat is better so is Afleet Alex and Personal Ensign.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, this book was entertaining (and a little freaky, too, with the last chapter THE BIG GAMBLE) Anyway, Man o' War's not as great as everyone thinks. Secretariat is better. So is Citation, and Ruffian, too. Just saying.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you've read 'Seabiscuit' and loved it, then you'll love the story of his Grandsire!You won't believe how impressive Man O War was, until you read this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rockkit and Spinkit find a clearing. Strange scents are their but are old and stale. "Spinkit here's soe cobwebs." Rockkit tore off some from a root. He placed them over Spinkits wound. "Thanks Rockkit." He mewed. He sniffed it. It had stopped bleeding and was scabbed over. "Ooooo! Spinkit look! Its a fence! Skystep talked about it once. She said it seperated Twoleg territorys." Rockkit exclaimed. The two kits ran over and sniffed it. "Ewww!" Spinkit wrinkled his nose. "Think we can climb it?" Spinkit asked. "Sure!" They jumped up and climbed the silver stuff. They fell to the other side with thumps. Rockkit mewled as a stone hit his paw. A door opened and a tall Twoleg walked out. It picke up the kits and walked off with them. -Rockkit and Spinkit (chicken soup. Unknown result.)