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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Pap/Pstr edition (March 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416948651
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416948650
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,084,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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Shelley Fraser Mickle grew up in a small cotton town in Arkansas, graduated from the University of Mississippi and studied writing at the Harvard Extension School and Wellesley College. Her first novel, THE QUEEN OF OCTOBER was a N.Y. Times Notable Book and a Library Journal top 10 book of l989. Her second novel, REPLACING DAD, won a Friends of American Writers Award and was made into a CBS/Hallmark Channel movie starring Mary McDonnell, academy award nominee for her role in Dances with Wolves. Shelley's latest novel THE OCCUPATION OF ELIZA GOODE, researched and written over 7 years, illuminates women's history, featuring a camp-follower prostitute during the Civil War as she transforms herself from prostitute to laundress to nurse to officer's wife.

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This is a wonderful book full of some great insights and pictures.
Janet Goshtaiy
This book tells it all , What a wonderful way to remind us of a TRUE HERO BARBARO, my son and daughter has read the story and we all cryed .
David Hickey Jr.
Although this book was written for children, I as an adult found it a very good read with great photos and explanations.
Carol L. Stephens

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Best Of All on March 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
It wasn't supposed to end that way. I was at Pimlico - in the Turfside Terrace - on May 20, 2006, for a Preakness Stakes that was going to be a second stage in a brilliant three-part coronation ceremony. But we were reminded that perfection and tragedy walk together in mysterious ways.

It wasn't supposed to end that way. Barbaro was supposed to defy the odds, wasn't he? He was supposed to be euthanized soon after the devastating injury on the track, wasn't he? He was going to survive, right? We were again reminded about the perilous path between life and death.

Author Shelley Mickle has penned a story for young people, explaining to them the life and death of a champion who touched the hearts of a nation with courage rarely found in today's society.

The trust Barbaro showed throughout his brief life with human handlers is oftentimes very rare with Thoroughbreds. How else did Barbaro place faith with jockey Edgar Prado to virtually save his life on the track and then battle the injuries with the doctors until laminitis abruptly ended the race.

You may purchase the book for a young person, but take some time and read it yourself. There will be other books published that will center on the history, the facts and the details from media coverage - and those are all important themes - but I will be shocked if another book brings you truly as close to Barbaro as this one.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Alex Brown on March 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
I was fortunate to get a copy of the manuscript to read. While the book is targeted to kids, I think everyone will enjoy this tale. You get a sense of Barbaro's personality while learning about his life. It is a well written narrative. There were a couple of factual errors (distance of the preakness is shorter than the derby; edgar prado's first ride on barbaro was one race earlier than noted) but these errors take nothing away from a great read, from which children will learn.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Janet Goshtaiy on March 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful book full of some great insights and pictures. It made my heart feel full and helped ease my grief after gallant Barbaro's passing. I admit I shed a few tears while reading, but on the whole, it's joyous insight into a wonderful character.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joseanna on March 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
Shelley Mickle says up front that she tried "to get inside the head and heart of Barbaro to help the reader understand fully his remarkable spirit and his inspiring story."

Barbaro trusted his people and she understands that. She tells wonderful stories about him and the people who cared for him as a foal, and those who trained him as a yearling and a two-year-old. She builds on each of these life experiences to explain to the reader how Barbaro was able to tolerate being in a stall for eight months after his injury in the Preakness.

The author interviewed Gretchen Jackson. She includes new insights from her, as well as a charming picture of a 6-week-old Barbaro.

Shelley Mickle's respect and affection for Barbaro are apparent on every page. This book has heart and humor. It is a delight. Highly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. Carlino on March 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
I loved this book and read it in a few hours because I didn't want to put it down. A few things that are special about the book (written for children by the way) is that Mrs. Jackson authorized the writing of the book and was interviewed by the author to get some very personal thoughts about the Champ. In other words the book had 'heart'. The pictures were wonderful, especially the one of Barbaro as a foal and the one of his 'best friend 'Last Best Place' according to Mrs Jackson. This becomes a thread throughout the book. The writer uses the technique of 'writing' what Barbaro might be thinking at different times during his experiences. After reading the book, I decided since it is meant for children, I would give it to the school where my sister teaches for their library in the hopes that as more and more children come to read the book or have it read to them, the love for and the memory of Barbaro will contiue to grow for many years. The poster, although small, is wonderful to add to the library atmosphere as well.
All in all, it brought many smiles to my face and chuckles to my heart even though it also had its share of tears as I still miss this magnificant, gorgeous and inspirational horse so very much.
Thanks again to Shelly Mickle for writing the book and to Mrs. Jackson for once again sharing her love for Barbaro to the world with such graciousness.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jill D. Hoffmann on March 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is THE book to read about Barbaro; Ms. Mickle provides insights into his early development and handling that are probably not available anywhere else. (It is interesting that although this is listed as a children's book, ALL the reviews here on Amazon seem to be from adults: I am no exception.) Get it for your children or your grandchildren, but be sure to read it yourself first!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Terrydear on March 4, 2007
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What a sweet and loving tribute to the magnificent horse, Barbaro. She wrote the book for young readers, but I am in my fifties and I enjoyed every drop of this book. Definitely one to buy and treasure...great photo of baby Barbaro too!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mary Means on April 17, 2007
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This book touched me in a special way! I smiled, laughed, and cried as I read it. Ms Mickle's presentation of Barbaro's life, much of it from the horse's-eye-view, endeared me even more to Barbaro. I hope his full brothers are being nurtured and brought along in identical fashion. Great reading! NOTE: The Preakness Stakes is 1 3/16 miles long; it was not the longest race he was being asked to complete at the time. The Kentucky Derby was longer--at 1 1/4 miles (1/16th of a mile further than the Preakness). Long live the memory and legacy of Barbaro! My compliments and respect go out to those who helped make him a champion.
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