Tennessee Rose (Horse Diaries Series #9)

Tennessee Rose (Horse Diaries Series #9)

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by Jane Kendall
     
 

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Alabama, 1856. Tennessee Rose is a dark bay Tennessee Walking Horse with a rose-shaped marking on her forehead. She loves dashing around the plantation in the running walk that her breed is famous for, then coming back to her comfortable stall and her friend Levi, the slave boy who is her groom. But as the Civil War approaches, Rosie begins to question plantation life

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Alabama, 1856. Tennessee Rose is a dark bay Tennessee Walking Horse with a rose-shaped marking on her forehead. She loves dashing around the plantation in the running walk that her breed is famous for, then coming back to her comfortable stall and her friend Levi, the slave boy who is her groom. But as the Civil War approaches, Rosie begins to question plantation life. Is slavery fair? Could Levi be free? Like Black Beauty, this moving novel is told in first person from the horse's point of view and includes an appendix full of photos and facts about Tennessee Walking Horses and the Civil War.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elisabeth Greenberg
Tennessee Rose, a charming filly, is proud of her Southern lineage and thoroughly thrilled when she captures the "fifth gait," the hallmark of the Tennessee Walking horse. Jane Kendall beautifully channels the voice of the Southern lady that Tennessee Rose certainly is and describes through the eyes of Tennessee Rose the dawning recognition that all is not right with the beauty and charm of her plantation world. After a charmed childhood with her sister fillies and her beautiful mama Fleurette, she bonds with her slave groom Levi. When Fleurette is sold to another plantation, she and Levi forge an even closer intimacy as Levi murmurs, "Both our mamas have been sold; I'll take care of you." Her proudest moment may have been when she is chosen by the captain, plantation owner, to be his riding horse...but then the captain whips her groom Levi for sassing Miss Minnie. Slavery becomes an issue as the talk rises of Abraham Lincoln, freedom for the slaves, and the capture of Fort Sumter. Then Tennessee Rose, Levi, and the captain are off to Manassas for the battle for Washington. Suddenly the screams of horses break through the excitement of the march songs; the war becomes real and terrifying for Tennessee Rose, the gently bred filly. Just as she realizes that men choose war but horses have no choice, her captain is killed and she heads straight to Levi. Together they seek freedom by fighting with the Union army and they share dreams of peace after the war. This book is an unexpected treasure, introducing readers to the cotton plantations of the South and the costs of slavery and war through an evocative voice, clear descriptions, and strong characters. Part of the "Horse Diaries" series. Reviewer: Elisabeth Greenberg

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375870064
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
08/07/2012
Series:
Horse Diaries Series , #9
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
160,271
Product dimensions:
5.62(w) x 6.84(h) x 0.47(d)
Lexile:
890L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

JANE KENDALL is the author of Horse Diaries #4: Maestoso Petra, as well as many other titles. She has also illustrated more than two dozen children's books. Jane has been a senior writer for Greenwich Magazine since 1992. She has written for The New York Times on film history and teaches a college-level writing course for the Institute of Children's Literature. She was an enthusiastic rider growing up, and on one memorable occasion went Christmas caroling on horseback.

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Tennessee Rose 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All the books rock! The horses are so brave! :) BIG FAN;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love horses so love the hors diaries decuase i love to read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Plz read,thi book looks amazing can't wait to read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Watches the herd cautiosly
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hello! *she nickered and nuzzled him*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gets up and stretches then trots then canters then runs full blast around she flung back her head she loved the wind in her mane
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Trots around.~Prime~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one is very good! I wish they were making more! Next time i go to B&N i will have to check!;-) -Miya Gillis-
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish i could read Dirty Dancing
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My mom won't let me.
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Is it good ?
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What about the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
May I join? I am Justice, a white and silver mare. My eyes are a very deep purple, it looks like black. I am about 2-3 yrs old. My personality is tough, fast, clever, and very likable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*she looked stunned but dipped her head to the warrior* "Thank you," she meowed gratefully. ~Stunned and Grateful Whitestar
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What den is this?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No it isnt! Im raising my kits with them and i trust them!