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Barbaro: America's Horse Paperback – March 13, 2007
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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.
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.
It is such a sweet offering to the owners of our dear Barbaro. The Jackson's were involved with this book from the beginning,and gave interviews along with other integral players in Barbaro's life. This is the only book that has been released that has also donated a portion of it's proceeds to charity. That, in itself, is very exciting and honorable.
This book has pictures that have never been released to the public before. They are gorgeous, on slick high gloss paper, in color and each gives the photog credit, right on the page. This book has such an endearing quality to it.
It also contains an excellent glossary in the back for the children (and adults) who need a little extra help with some of the terms in the book. It also contains a reading list for adults, and children. In the back of the book is a pullout full-color poster of Barbaro. A MUST READ BOOK!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love to read racehorse books and this book has nice pictures Barbaro and its a good read.Published 7 months ago by Kenya Kalmon
Didn't realize it until I read it but this book is for kids, early teens, still very informative but very simple.Published 23 months ago by Lydia K. Henniger
Several Books came out after the tragic loss of Barbaro. This one so so! As a thoroughbred owner,the condition he suffered from seldom is curable.Published on July 14, 2014 by ABS
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 all... Read morePublished on January 22, 2013 by E. Phillips
This life-story about the famous race horse is written for a younger fan group, but can be read and enjoyed by all. Read morePublished on January 11, 2013 by Mirrani
I thought this book was very childish. It is written to appeal to young readers and for non-equestrians. Read morePublished on January 6, 2011 by jan hill
Once the great champion Barbaro was able to run he would run against his buddies at the ranch. When and once he started to begin his training he wantedto win and when he became... Read morePublished on November 27, 2007
BARBARO is a true GENTLEMAN-CHAMPION. The way he won all of his races,
with all that integrity & class, was a wonder to behold.
Get this book, you will love it. Read more