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MAN O'WAR: BEST RACEHORSE EVER (Step Into Reading)

Author: Jennifer Guess McKerley

Illustrator: Terry Widener

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Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers,

Material: paperback

Summary: Man O'War was a great racehorse, but do you know what happened to him after the races? This book tells of the horses life before, during and after racing. This is an easy-reader nonfiction book about a famous racehorse.

Type of Reading: read aloud book, learning to read, transitional reader

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 10

Interest Level: 5 to 9

Reading Level: 2.9

Age of Child: Read by a 5-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: I picked this story because of the reading level and the opportunity for my daughter to practice her reading. She talked about this story for days! She enjoyed how the horse was so good and really liked that anyone could go visit where he is buried in Kentucky.

Adult Reader Reaction: I enjoyed this history of Man O'War. It was interesting and kept my attention the whole time, which is not always easy with an easy reader. I never imagined she would like it as much as she did but it was written so well and had a personal touch to it.

Pros: This easy reader will engage all new readers, boys and girls alike.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is an interesting book, well worth the read, but your child will outgrow it. If you have a horse lover, you might consider buying it, as it will be read a lot.

If You Liked This Book, Try: ANNIE: THE MYSTERIOUS MORGAN HORSE   PONY SCOUTS: REALLY RIDING (I Can Read, Level 2)   I RODE THE RED HORSE; SECRETARIAT'S BELMONT RACE

Educational Themes: Although this is the story of Man O'War, there are ancillary topics that will interest readers, from caring for horses, horse racing, and life after racing.

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from the local library.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - animals, biography, easy reader

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2009

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