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4.07 out of 54.07 out of 54.07 out of 54.07 out of 54.07 out of 5 4.07 (44 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marguerite Henry Narrator: John McDonough Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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In the early years of our country, a poor school teacher, Justin Morgan, receives a horse and her tiny colt in payment for some work. He wishes he had been given money instead. Hoping that he might sell both horses for a fair price, he asks his student, Joel, to break in the colt. To his surprise, young Joel soon discovers that this small, brown creature has special abilities: Bub can pull more than a team of oxen, and he can run faster than a racehorse. But while the sturdy little runt wins contest after contest, all Joel wants is to save enough money to buy the beloved Bub.

Justin Morgan Had a Horse is the story of the love between a young boy and a very special horse. A classic of children's literature, it also traces the history of one of the most famous breeds of American horses - the Morgan. Marguerite Henry has earned enduring popularity for her children's books, which include Misty of Chincoteague, also a Newbery Honor book. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 TP | 2/13/2014

    " It was a very good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa James | 2/12/2014

    " The true story of a man who developed the Morgan horse breed that still exisits today. Well done, entertaining, informative, with great characters. Good story to teach kids a little history :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucinda | 2/11/2014

    " Reading this book was like opening a door onto the past and descovering the history of a breed from the eyes of the very first foundling Sire, back at the beginning of all things. This story came to me from America, travelling a great distance like the adventure that this one little colt went on all those years ago. The most famous of the American breeds; the Morgan, is brought vividly to life in this charming childrens tale that is a national treasure of a horse/ pony story. The book may be designed with the younger audience in mind, but it is something that can certainly be apreciated by the older reader due to its subject matter and any equestrian enthusiast who is a fan of this particular distinctive breed of horse will love this tale. What i found most captivating about this book was the beautiful eye-catching front cover that depicts the young colt in pastel, which is a trait that extends to other works by Marguerite Henry (such as 'King of the wind' and 'Misty of the Chincoteague'). Its the stunning illustrations within the book that add that unique and classic touch, which really does help to bring this delightful story to life. This is a must read for any pony-mad child, but also one of those books that will be apreciated by any equestrian who enjoys finding out the history of the horse. It is a small volume that deserves to be displayed and which will take pride of place upon the bookshelf. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kendra | 2/7/2014

    " A fun reread! Was impressed with the history, again, and its another book that covered the life of the horse, but neatly done. I'd forgotten how much the horse went through. Enjoyable read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 1/30/2014

    " Great book about the Justin Morgan horse. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elhara | 1/27/2014

    " A much loved book I read as a child. If I remember correctly, a Walt Disney program featured a movie of Justin Morgan. Anyone else remember Sunday evenings at 6:00PM. I can still hear the music and I vividly recall watching it in colour for the first time! This was the only night I was allowed to watch TV while eating dinner. Come to think about it, that was pretty nice of my rather old school parents to let me do that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracie | 1/26/2014

    " A classic--this a great adventure story of historical non-fiction. Having married into a Vermont family, this is a particular favorite. Courageous, devoted, and purposed--Joel is a great hero! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carissa | 1/22/2014

    " Read this one aloud to the boys as part of our curriculum. We enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy D | 1/19/2014

    " Liam, Gabe and I listened to this book as a part of Liam's curriculum. We all loved it! What a great story about someone (a horse in this case and the boy who loves him) who doesn't look like much but can do great things! The boy is persistent and loyal and the horse is steady and strong. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morgan | 1/18/2014

    " I live in Vermont, my name is Morgan, and I really like horses. So yeah, one of my favorite children s books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 1/17/2014

    " if it was about horses...... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara Choate | 1/11/2014

    " While this book flashed me back to my childhood, frankly I really dis-remembered lots of parts. Made things up. Completely fogot the plot. So it was like reading it anew. Basically a short story, and a history at that. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alyssa | 12/30/2013

    " One horse book I absolutely did not like -I think it was too boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rayette | 12/28/2013

    " This is a youth book. I learned about Morgan Horses. This is from my "horse days". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 11/30/2013

    " This is a classic...based on a real person and a real horse, written by Marguerite Henry and illustrated by Wesley Dennis. How can you not like it? As a kid, I read everything these 2 produced. The story is just as wonderful today at it was 35 years ago when I read it the first time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 11/23/2013

    " It has been a while since I read this book...But from what I remember it was a great book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chantelle | 11/16/2013

    " It was not my favorite but it was a cute book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashley | 11/14/2013

    " I suppose it probably isn't fair to give this book only 2 stars but... meh. Ashley is NOT an animal person and this book was boring as all get out... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April Helms | 10/12/2013

    " The story of Justin Morgan, the music teacher, and the small, compact horse that would be the founding father of the first truly American breed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 10/6/2013

    " Part of my horse-mad phase, I read all of Marguerite Henry's books. I adored this story about the genesis of the Morgan breed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 9/20/2013

    " Sophia and I did this as a read aloud and enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abby | 9/16/2013

    " It was a greate, cute, and funny story. Almost anyone would love it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rae | 7/26/2013

    " As a reading tween, I could not get enough of Marguerite Henry. I loved that she combined horses with history. This has always been a favorite title of mine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cristalle | 1/17/2013

    " What a great all-American story of a boy and his hors, hard work and perseverance with a bit of adventure thrown in for good measure! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jared | 10/25/2012

    " Read with my daughter. It's a touching story about the first Morgan horse. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria | 8/10/2012

    " Marguerite Henry is a wonderful children's author!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy (WI girl at heart) | 5/29/2012

    " I had a chance, recently, to re-read this children's book. I have always been a lover of everything horse related since I was a small child. Marguerite Henry's "horse" books are both heart warming and a quick read. Perfect book type filler between the larger novels I'm use to reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth Nelson | 1/6/2012

    " Nice story but extremely dated dialogue and language. Because of that I'm not sure I would have enjoyed this at all as a child. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany Elgan | 7/24/2011

    " This is a great all-American book about a boy and his horse. My girls really enjoyed this story as well. I was almost sad to say goodbye to these characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 7/11/2011

    " Read it as a kid. You can do anything you put your mind to. After Charlotte's Web, one of the first book to teach me that valuable lesson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bekka | 4/17/2011

    " cute story! looks like its true as well - she has a lot of resources in the back. This was a very enjoyable story in the old-school tradition, which is about right, as she wrote it in 1945! Very reminiscent of the stories I remember reading as a child, and the ones I really loved. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abigail Rasmussen | 4/9/2011

    " I read this book when was 11 years old. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy | 4/5/2011

    " Liam, Gabe and I listened to this book as a part of Liam's curriculum. We all loved it! What a great story about someone (a horse in this case and the boy who loves him) who doesn't look like much but can do great things! The boy is persistent and loyal and the horse is steady and strong. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 10/25/2010

    " Nice story but extremely dated dialogue and language. Because of that I'm not sure I would have enjoyed this at all as a child. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alyssa | 8/21/2010

    " One horse book I absolutely did not like -I think it was too boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 6/19/2010

    " I had a chance, recently, to re-read this children's book. I have always been a lover of everything horse related since I was a small child. Marguerite Henry's "horse" books are both heart warming and a quick read. Perfect book type filler between the larger novels I'm use to reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice | 1/9/2010

    " Part of my horse-mad phase, I read all of Marguerite Henry's books. I adored this story about the genesis of the Morgan breed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria | 6/13/2009

    " Marguerite Henry is a wonderful children's author!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abby | 5/30/2009

    " It was a greate, cute, and funny story. Almost anyone would love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martine | 5/30/2009

    " As a kid in the 1960s I looked forward to getting new horse books by Maruerite Henry for birthday or other special occasions. I was a horse fanatic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 TP | 4/27/2009

    " It was a very good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 4/14/2009

    " Read it as a kid. You can do anything you put your mind to. After Charlotte's Web, one of the first book to teach me that valuable lesson. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gwendolynpatrick | 4/8/2009

    " One of my FAVORITE horse books. I really enjoyed this one and recommend it for any age. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayla | 3/20/2009

    " Finally I read the story about the Morgan Horse! "

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About the Author
Author Marguerite Henry

Marguerite Henry is the author of the popular Horseshoe Library, which includes such titles as Misty of Chincoteague; Stormy, Misty’s Foal; Brighty of the Grand Canyon; and King of the Wind.

About the Narrator

John McDonough, one of AudioFile magazine’s Golden Voices, has narrated dozens of audiobooks. He is known for his narrations of children’s books, including Robert McCloskey’s Centerburg Tales and Albert Marrin’s Commander-in-Chief Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. Outside of his audiobook work, he has starred in a revival of Captain Kangaroo on the Fox Network.