Title: Pride of the Green Mountains0-590-31654-0
Author: Carin Greenberg Baker
Illustrator: Sandy Rabinowitz
Pages: 122
Reading Level: 8-12
Star Rating: ★★★

Horse story.

The Story.

Rosalie Goodman knew that times were getting tougher. Ever since her father left to fight in the war, her family has had to work harder and harder to make ends meet. But this does not prepare her for the shocking suggestion that her mother makes – she suggests that they sell Major!

Major is not only a working horse, but a family pet. Rosalie just knows that there is another way to make the money they need. But how?

Discussion.

When Rosalie’s mother suggests that they sell Major, Rosalie responds with instant opposition. However, she does not yell at her mother, only pleads and reasons with her. Mrs. Goodman agrees to try Rosalie’s suggestions, and in the end Rosalie is lauded for her brilliance and spunk. I thought Rosalie exercised a tad too much independence (organizing business deals without reference to her mother, etc.), but she wasn’t brazen.

Rosalie’s father is fighting in the War Between the States (referred to only as the “Civil War”) on the Union side. In one sweet letter from him, he tells his family that God is protecting him.

In one scene, Rosalie bets money that Major can out run another horse. She wins, but her mother becomes very angry with her telling her that gambling is wrong. Rosalie responds that she knows it’s wrong but that she had no other choice because the other horse owners were teasing Major!

Rosalie refers to McGuffey’s Reader as “boring.”

Rosalie lies twice.

At the end of the story is a short section describing the history of Morgan horses. This was educational.

Conclusion. I could go either way on this one.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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