Alabama, 1856. Tennessee Rose is a dark bay Tennessee Walking Horse with a rose-shaped marking on her forehead. She loves dashing around the plantation in the running walk that her breed is famous for, then coming back to her comfortable stall and her friend Levi, the slave boy who is her groom. But as the Civil War approaches, Rosie begins to question plantation life. Is slavery fair? Could Levi be free? Like Black Beauty, this moving novel is told in first person from the horse's point of view and includes an appendix full of photos and facts about Tennessee Walking Horses and the Civil War.
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PSC REVIEW: The 9th book in the Horse Diaries series is set in the Civil War south. Tennessee Rose is a Tennessee Walker. One of her favorite people is Levi, a slave groom. She becomes the master’s horse, taking him into Civil War battles, Circumstances led her back into Levi’s care as the reader finds out what freedom means to a former slave as well as a horse. Rose tells her own story in a very gentle way. Although I question some of the antebellum details like the school that has been built for the slaves on the plantation, this old-fashioned story is a good choice for young horse lovers. Certainly, as a Marguerite Henry lover, I would have devoured these books as well. A little historical fiction mixed in with horse information is nice. In this case, the reader discovers what the fifth gait of the Tennessee Walker is and why it is such a special riding horse. As we implement the Common Core stressing informational text into our curriculum, I particularly like the appendix giving more information about the Tennessee Walker and the Civil War.more