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King of the Wind Review

Posted on January 1, 2010. Filed under: 100+ Challenge, 144 Books In 2010, 2010 YA Challenge, Animals, Book Challenges, Fiction, Library, Marguerite Henry, Reviews, Support Your Local Library Challenge, Young Adult | Tags: , |

King of the Wind
Marguerite Henry
176 pages

Source: Public Library
Challenges: Support Your Local Library Challenge, 2010 YA Challenge, 144 Books in 2010, 100+ Challenge

Synopsis: 

He was named “Sham” for the sun, this golden-red stallion born in the Sultan of Morocco’s stone stables. Upon his heel was a small white spot, the symbol of speed. But on his chest was the symbol of misfortune. Although he was swift as the desert winds, Sham’s pedigree would be scorned all his life by cruel masters and owners.

This is the classic story of Sham and his friend, the stable boy Agba. their adventures take them from the sands of the Sahara. to the royal courts of France, and finally to the green pastures and stately homes of England. For Sham was the renowned Godolphin Arabian, whose blood flows through the veins of almost every superior thoroughbred. Sham’s speed — like his story — has become legendary.

Review: I’ve always been a big fan of animal stories.  I am also a HUGE fan of horses…They’re just so beautiful to look at!  Marguerite Henry has been one of my all time favorite YA authors since I was young…Well since I got my first library card anyway.  I picked up this book while pursusing the MG shelves at my local library and I came home and devoured this book in one sitting.  This book is fiction but it is based on ACTUAL events that took place.  There are MANY famous racehorses that can trace their ancestory back to “Sham.”  The characters are endearing, Sham the bay colt that nobody took a liking to for a VERY long time and Agba a mute boy who is put in charge of Sham.  The story itself is a roller coaster for both Sham and Agba but in the end everything works out for the best.  Overall, I will most definately be reading more of Ms. Henry’s books in the future!

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Puppy Chow Is Better Than Prozac

Posted on October 19, 2009. Filed under: Animals, Bruce Goldstein, Memoirs, Non Fiction, Reviews |

Puppy Chow Is Better Than Prozac: The True Story of a Man and the Dog Who Saved His Life

Bruce Goldstein

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis:

Meet Ozzy. For the suicidally depressed author, this furry antidepressant came with only one side effect-unconditional, slobbery love.

Review: I was out one day shopping with my mom and we made a random trip to Barnes and Noble. I happend to be looking through the pet section (we had just started considering adopting another dog after we had to put our 19 year old lab mix to sleep) and found this book. I think the title alone is what had me purchasing this book…You have to admit it is a cute title. The very first sentence alone scares the crap out of you but in the end you know that things are going to go from REALLY bad to oh so much better for the author with the help of a little furry antidepressant.

What I REALLY thought:

Beginning: The VERY beginning (like the very first sentence) scared the crap out of me…but as I learned more about the author that sentence became much clearer.

Middle: Things are starting to look up.

End: Things are going pretty well for Oz and Bruce. Puppy Chow REALLY is better than Prozac.

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