Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Wonder Horse: The True Story of the World's Smartest Horse by Emily Arnold McCully

Bill Key was born a slave and always had a way with animals.  After the Civil War he became a veterinarian and tried to spread the word that treating animals with kindness was better than cruelty.  He once bought an Arabian mare named Lauretta.  Unfortunately, Lauretta died while giving birth to a foal, Jim, who had twisted legs.  Although others might have given up on Jim, Bill did not.  In fact, he taught Jim to recognize letters, colors, and even do math.  People were astounded and some were skeptical.  Bill travelled with Jim and used their show to encourage people to be kind to animals.

This was an interesting book.  I had never heard of this horse before.  I appreciate the author’s bibliography and note which add to the credibility of the story.


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