Barbaro: America's Horse

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 13, 2007 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 160 pages
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"Barbaro. In racing circles he was being compared to some of the greatest races horses of all time--Seattle Slew, Secretariat. Could this be it? Is this the year and the horse to win the Triple Crown? If any horse could, it seemed that it would be Barbaro. On May 6, 2006, Barbaro met his destiny head on. At the 132nd ""Run for the Roses"" at Churchill Downs, he drew away for one of the most dramatic wins in Kentucky Derby history. The stage was set for history to be made.But two weeks later, at the running of the Preakness, Barbaro's fate shifted dramatically as he suffered an injury shortly after the start. History would have to wait. Now Barbaro was in a race to save his life.Shelly Mickle brings us the story of Barbaro, the horse who won the Kentucky Derby and was favored to win the Triple Crown, but broke his leg during the Preakness, ending his racing career and nearly his life. Much like Seabiscuit during the Depression, Barbaro has given the country something to love and root for. This nonfiction book will include Barbaro's birth, training, expectations, wins, his disastrous injury, and his life after the Preakness. There will also be facts about horse's anatomy and biology, horse husbandry, a glossary, 16 pages of pictures, and a poster!"
 

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User Review  - cedargrove - LibraryThing

For Racing Fans of All Ages Though this book is clearly meant for younger readers, this emotional telling of the life and death of the famous and much loved Barbaro can easily be enjoyed by readers of ... Read full review

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User Review  - mirrani - LibraryThing

This life-story about the famous race horse is written for a younger fan group, but can be read and enjoyed by all. It includes all of Barbaro's life, from his birth to his soldiering on before death ... Read full review

Contents

A MAGIC MOMENT
6
THERES NOTHING LIKE A GOOD
12
PARTING IS MORE THAN SWEET
23
WHAT A BUMMER
33
A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH 3 6
47
LICKETYSPLIT NOBODY HERE
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Shelley Fraser Mickle lives on a farm in Alachua County, Florida, with her two horses, Precious and Mullet. Barbaro: America’s Horse is her first nonfiction book and her first book for children. She is the author of several novels, including The Queen of October, a 1989 New York Times Notable Book; Replacing Dad, which became a CBS movie in l999; and The Turning Hour, which is taught in many high schools as part of the suicide prevention program the Turning Hour Project. She has been a commentator on National Public Radio for ten years, and many of her essays have been heard on Morning Edition. Some of these are collected under the title The Kids Are Gone; the Dog Is Depressed & Mom’s on the Loose. Her novel, The Assigned Visit, was published on Valentine’s Day 2007.

Shelley Fraser Mickle’s novel Jason and Elihu: A Fisherman’s Story, will be read schoolwide at Shell Elementary School in Hawthorne, Florida, in April 2013.

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