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Miskeen: The Dancing Horse (True Horse Stories) [Kindle Edition]

Judy Andrekson , David Parkins
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Miskeen was born in obscurity on a Russian farm, sold to a traveling circus, and earned a reputation performing in small towns in the 1980s. He was schooled first as a liberty (rider-less) horse and then as a “dancing” (dressage) performer. Dancing was what he did best, and he was often observed trotting on the spot whenever he heard music. He matured into a magnificent, highly trained and valuable animal. But then tragedy struck.

Confined in his stall after an exhausting day of performances in unbearable heat, Miskeen was spotted by a boy. The boy took up a training whip and beat the horse mercilessly until, in panic, Miskeen struck out. The boy was bitten severely, and, in retribution, Miskeen was ordered to have all his teeth pulled so that he could never “turn vicious” again. Suddenly the magnificent animal was disabled, humiliated, unable to eat, and totally worthless to those who had prized him.

Miskeen would have died, had he not been rehabilitated by a young British woman named Vicky Malia. He recovered, eventually rewarding his new owner with private dance performances. It seemed he still had an ear for music and a memory of grander days. Miskeen is dancing still.

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About the Author

Judy Andrekson grew up in Nova Scotia with a pen in one hand and a lead rope in the other. She moved to Alberta at the age of twenty to pursue her greatest passion — horses, and by her thirties, she had begun to write seriously. She now works as an educational assistant and writer. Judy Andrekson lives in Sherwood Park, AB.

David Parkins is the award-winning illustrator of over fifty children’s books. He began his career at Dyfed College of Art in Wales, studying wildlife illustration. He then went to Lincoln College of Art for three years, and has been a freelance illustrator since his graduation in 1979.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1393 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Tundra Books (June 5, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031TZBF6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,087 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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I am over 60 yrs old, a mad horse lover and animal advocate, and read just about everything I can find about them. This true story is about a horse in Russia and neighboring areas of Asia who ends up in a circus, and gives a story from the horse's point of view, about his experiences there, as well as a cruel punishment he suffered which he never deserved; it does have a reasonably happy ending. I personally liked the book, but would place the caveat that I think it might not be a good choice for some kids; It is a good advertisement for PETA, and makes one see circuses in an unfavorable way which some may find upsetting. (possibly not a bad thing!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book for Horse Lovers June 10, 2014
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I am always on the lookout for good, new horse books for my daughter and she really liked this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Reading April 26, 2014
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I thought this was a great horse book and a true story. This horse showed amazing acceptance for what was happening to him. I was happy that the story ended happy for him. He made a lot of people happy over the years.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Horse lover April 11, 2014
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The story tugs at my heart strings. The fact of the treatment makes me both mad and sad. I own a horse my self . A horse I love. And I think I would probably die if that happened to my wonderful horse . No horse or any animal needs this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!!!! October 29, 2013
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This is an amazing book I bought it cause I love horses so much, I was very satisfied with it. It is sad in some ways but it ends happily so in all this is a great book and I highly recommend it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Select the reader with care. October 13, 2013
Miskeen is sold to become a circus horse. The training as first seems quite acceptable to him but occasionally he is whipped to get him to do what is needed and expected of a performer. He becomes a very good dancer and is magnificent and valuable, until tragedy strikes.

After a particularly grueling day in unbearable heat he is confined to the stall. Somehow a boy gets in unnoticed and starts to torture and tease Miskeen.
Miskeen bites him severely.

For justice and retribution the father of the boy demands a heavy sentence for Miskeen. They decide to pull all his teeth, so he can never be vicious again.

This book states it is for ages 9 - 12 (grades 4-7), but I would hesitate to let someone read this book unless you know they can deal with the subject matter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book September 22, 2013
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i loved this book it is kind of sad but great for horse lovers and horse back riding lovers
i love horses!!!!!
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