This book has many difficult words. If I weren’t reading it aloud to my kids I would of looked up the definition of many of them. My kids enjoyed the whole book. It did take a chapter to get into it. They now play this story line with their toys. They really identified with the main character and said they would of made the same choice that he made at the end of the story.
This historical fiction brilliantly expresses people’s lives and the situation in Southern France during this era. Even though this book was geared around many things boys would be able to relate to, my girls enjoyed having it read to them and often asked for “One more chapter, please!” Thank you to the Good and Beautiful for previewing so many books including this one, so we know they are “safe.” The Good and the Beautiful does a wonderful job to uphold so many values we hold dear in literature! Thank you!!
This is a really neat story about a boy who finds a horse that belongs to the Saracen people who are invading his native country of Spain. He is captured and escapes and becomes an informant for his country. He is loyal to his country and brave through hard times. We loved this book and recommend it for kids in the middle to high school grades.
My kids and I really struggled getting into this book.
We struggled for the first 1/3 of this story. It was quite slow. Then it picked up and we didn’t want to stop reading.
When a simple farm boy befriends a strange and beautiful horse that has wandered onto the lands of Abbey St. Simon, the boy cannot begin to imagine the adventures he will have upon its back. As all of Christendom hangs in the balance, young Hugh embarks on a mission with unfaltering bravery and a sense of duty that will leave even the most powerful leaders and hardened warriors awestruck. Against all odds, Hugh is determined to save his people from the Saracens, with help from one of their very own majestic steeds.
“Set in the tumultuous times of the Crusades, this beautifully written story is an example of how a book can portray a violent time period without graphic details and can powerfully contrast right and wrong while remaining completely uplifting and appropriate. This adventurous tale has everything that makes a book good and beautiful: high moral and educational value, exemplary writing, and an intriguing plot.” —Jenny Phillips
This book is a suggested read-aloud for the History Year 1 course and is included in the optional History 1 Book Pack.
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