Have you ever read a book that has impacted your life and you still remember it years later-almost detail for detail? I have and it was a novel by Marguerite Henry called Misty of Chincoteague. I grew up in NJ and although there are horses in the Garden State, I rarely got the opportunity to interact with them or ever ride them. When I read Misty, and some of her other novels, I was transported into a world different from my own. Isn’t that what a good novel is supposed to do?
Marguerite Henry was an American author born in April 1902 in Milwaukee, WI . As a child, she contracted Rhuematic Fever as was bedridden and house bound for several years during which she developed her love for reading and writing. Over her lifetime she authored 59 books based on true stories, mostly about animals and horses in particular. Her first story was sold at age 11, her last novel at age 94! She passed away in 1997 but her stories will engage children for years to come. Misty of Chincoteague won the Newberry Medal and 2 of her other novels were runner up for that award. Have you read any of them? Check with the shop to see what is in stock or you can use the links below to take you to Amazon.
Happy Birthday to Marguerite Henry!
Some of the most famous of her novels are:
Brighty of the Grand Canyon
Misty of Chincoteague
King of the Wind
Justin Morgan Had a Horse
There is also a guide from Beautiful Feet books called “History of the Horse” that uses her books. We used it and my daughter loved it ! It covers different types of horses, anatomy of the horse, tack, care of horses and includes a drawing course . If you have ever tried to draw a horse and had it way out of proportion, you are not alone- this drawing course can help.
Enjoy- I highly recommend any of Margeurite Henry’s novels
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“What shall we do today ? “ was a frequent question in our home when the children were young. Taking advantage of all the cultural activities the area has to offer gives you “something to do”. I was brain storming field trip ideas the other day and made a list and thought I would share it with you. Put them on your bucket list..I know people, myself included that have not been to all of them yet and I have lived here almost 30 years !
In no particular order
1. Frazier History Museum
2.Perryville Battlefield Re-enactment- it is in the fall
5.Falls of the Ohio
6.Frankfort Capital – spring blooms are lovely on the Capital grounds
7. Squire Boone Caverns in Indiana
8. Toyota Plant
9. Louisville Slugger Museum
10. Muhammad Ali Center
11. Mammoth Cave
12. Natural Bridge
13. Newport Aquarium
14. the Ark Adventure
15. The moon bow at Cumberland Falls
16. Big Southfork Railway
17. Drive around town looking for Galapallooza horses
18. Churchill Downs
19. The Belle of Louisville
20. Ky Arts and Crafts Museum
21. Little Loom House
22. Locust Grove
23. Kentucky Horse Park
24. Rebecca Ruth Candy Tour
This is not a complete list by any means, just places and things to do that tourists love and that we as “locals” often miss about our state and city. Go outside and check them out. River City Field Trips group does an excellent job of planning and coordinating trips, look them up on facebook.
I have “Kids Love….” books in stock
The Kentucky Adventure which is a coffee table book full of beautiful photos of scenic Ky- I have these in stock, New Song uses them when they do the state history course. There are Bios about Daniel Boone and others from KY…Do you know if there are any Presidents from here? Who is Henry Clay?
Ky is known for Bourbon ( worldwide acclaim), horses, the Bats, Churchill Downs (worldwide fame) and goldenrods (Bless you )
Have a good time exploring our very scenic, rich in history state!
Karen at the Kurriculum Korner