Justin Morgan Had a Horse by Marguerite Henry

Justin Morgan Had a Horse

By Marguerite Henry
Level 7

Justin Morgan Had a Horse, a Newbery Honor book written in 1945, is a delightful classic based on a true story. I highly recommend this book. The back cover reads: “Joel Goss knows that Little Bub is a special colt, even though he’s a runt . . . This is the story of the little runt who became the father of the world-famous breed of American horses.”

Marguerite Henry is a master storyteller and a fantastic writer. The book is packed with rich language, elevated vocabulary, and vivid descriptions. It is also packed with educational value, as readers learn about life in Vermont in early America. This book is not easy, fast-paced reading. Reluctant readers will struggle with this book. Readers who are used to only action-packed, quick reads may find this book boring. But readers who value good literature and challenging reading will find this sweet, profound story to be an absolute treasure. This is one of those books that I want to read again, just to experience the beautiful writing and heartwarming ending. Messages in this book include persistence, compassion, loyalty, patience, and selfless love.

Region Vermont, United States
Period late 18th Century
Genre Fiction
Digital Format Audiobook, E-book
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  • 5 Moral Value
  • 5 Educational Value
  • 5 Literary Value
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