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Keeping Barney Paperback – April 23, 1998


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 820L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; 1st Beech Tree Ed edition (April 23, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688158595
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688158590
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 4.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,146,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jessie Haas was born in Westminster, Vermont, and lives next door to the small farm where she grew up. She has written over 35 books for children and adults, including Unbroken, Chase, Runaway Radish, the Bramble and Maggie books, and Saige and Saige Paints the Sky, the books accompanying American Girl's Doll of the Year 2013, Saige. A serially monogamous horse trainer--one horse at a time, till death do us part--and a passionate reader, cook and knitter, she shares home with fellow writer Michael J. Daley, two cats, a dog, and a willful and beautiful Morgan mare named Robin.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lee on June 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is true to life. It gives you a good idea of what taking care of a horse is really like. It is also amusing and quite enjoyable to read. Sarah (the main character) learns, as a result of the horse's antics, that sometimes it's the horses that aren't perfect that teach you the most. I recommend this book to any horse lover!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 27, 1998
Format: Paperback
Sarah was crazy about horses. She saw an ad about taking care of a horse for the winter. She asked her parents if she could take care of the horse and they said yes.
At first, Sarah thought that Barney wasn't a good horse. After a while, Sarah got used to Barney's personality. It wasn't easy for Sarah because Barney was a stubborn horse. Sarah received help in understanding Barney from Barney's owner.
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By davenporta on April 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
The first time I read this book I was eleven years old, now at 24 I still remember this as being one of my favorite stories. I was a horse crazy girl who read nearly every book there was, then my dreams came true (or so I thought) when my parents relented and bought me a horse. Suddenly, I saw all my old favorite books as incredibly unrealistic, one dimensional, and boring. I began reading "Keeping Barney" skeptically, expecting another story about the perfect horse and perfect rider who have the most perfect adventures. Instead I found an entertaining, realistic, and even slightly educational story about a girl I could relate to as she deals with her own adventures and struggles before eventually falling in love with the horse Barney. This book deals with how girls can set up unrealistic standards for themselves as well as others (in this case, Barney), and compare themselves in unhelpful ways with others. It's also a ton of fun, and a definite must for any horse crazy person!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 28, 1998
Format: Paperback
Horse crazy Sarah finally gets to keep a horse for the winter, but this horse, Barney, isn't the horse of her dreams. Sarah thinks that Barney is a bad horse because of his dispotion. With a little help from Barney and his owner, Sarah realizes that Barney is just fine the way he is and starts to love him and his personality.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
Keeping Barney is a book about a girl who sees an ad in the newspaper about a horse who needs a home for the winter. When her parents tell her that she can keep the horse for a the winter, she is elated. After having the horse for a while he becomes a BIG trouble maker! The girl is having a hard time getting him to trust her and obey commands. This is a book that isn't for everyone. It is so descriptive at times that the reader forgets what the story is about. Some of the characters aren't realistic at all and the horses behavior isn't realistic either. The characters who are supposed to have experience in something seem to know nothing about the subject. This book contains good information about horse care and riding. That is the one of the only good points.
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