Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.
My 16 year old was the one in the family to use this book and has written the following review for you guys:
This book is probably a new favorite of mine. It was written by Vicki Watson. Recently I have been getting more and more interested in History. I enjoy learning different things like about the Indians, the presidents, the Oregon Trail, the Holocaust, Sacagawea along with Lewis and Clark, and different inventions from different time periods. This book does not include the time period of the Holocaust but it has all the rest and even more stories that I enjoyed. History on Horseback is my new favorite history book because it combines two of my favorite things: history and horses. I have loved horses forever so when I can mix learning with horses, I am a lot more eager to learn. I especially love this book because it is easy to read, exciting, and has fun facts on the side. Fun facts are stuck in my head for a long time and I enjoy sharing them with other people. This history is unlike a normal history textbook. It has truth but still has so much adventure and action. I am not a fan of war so I am content just learning about burro races, pit ponies, and Abraham Lincoln’s story.
My favorite sections in the book are about the Oregon Trail, Abraham Lincoln’s story, and the stagecoaches. Oxen were used on the trail more than horses because they were cheaper, calmer, and survived on less food. The oxen were hitched to the wagon by use of a yoke which was held in place by a chain and the ox’s horns. The Oregon trail groups usually set out around mid-April or early May. The pioneers had to leave at just the right time so there would be grass for the animals and not too cold weather.
Abraham Lincoln’s story is my favorite out of all of them. Lincoln had four sons but only one lived until an old age. While Lincoln was president, someone set fire to the White House Stable and the family lost all their beloved horses and ponies. There were many different horses used during John Wilkes Booth’s assassination of Lincoln. Some were used by Booth himself, while others were used by other assassins as part of Booth’s plan. Still more horses were used to be distractions. The story ends with the punishments for the conspirators.
As with our previous experiences with this book company, we were not disappointed in this new book. We are eagerly looking forward to future productions from Sonrise Stable Books. Thank you so much for making a way to have history come to life for horse lovers.
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