Earlier this summer I shared my Summer Reading Report #1
, which included some favorite quotes from books 1-7 by Marguerite Henry.
Today I've got the rest of the collection which includes a Newbery winner and two Newbery honors! I really enjoyed reading these books again. However, it wasn't all wonderful: one book I didn't enjoy all that much. And in another I found some inappropriate treatment of First Nations people. Read on!
GAUDENZIA, PRIDE OF THE PALIO
"June! The hallway into summer. The
season for strong happenings, the season for living."
"Gaudenzia wanted to race every moving
thing – a rabbit skirting the edge of the road, a hound streaking
for a bird – the bird, too. Her friskiness, her eagerness to go
filled him with a pride so strong he had to whistle to let the steam
of his happiness escape."
JUSTIN MORGAN HAD A HORSE (Newbery
"To please his other, Joel tried to eat,
too. But even his favorite pumpkin pie was flannel in his mouth."
“'Yeah,' then saddler agreed, 'when
it comes to running, a pulling horse is slow as a hog on ice with his
tail froze in.'"
“'And I'll give you a green meadow
with a creek snakin' through it. And I'll give you a fine stable
with a thick bed of straw. And I'll give you sweet hay, and all the
corn and oats you should eat. And I”ll give you a blanket in
winter. And I'll rub you proper night and morning.'”
KING OF THE WIND - Newbery Medal winner
[pretty sure this book is why I fell in
love with Arabian horses!]
"As Agba stood on watch, his mind was a
mill wheel, turning, turning, turning. He trembled, remembering the
time he and the mare had come upon a gazelle, and he had ridden the
mare alongside the gazelle, and she had outrun the wild thing. Agba
could still feel the wing singing in his ears."
“When Allah created the horse, he
said to the wind, 'I will that a creature proceed from thee. Condense
thyself.' And the wind condensed itself, and the result was the
MISTY OF CHINCOTEAGUE (Newbery Honor)
“'Facts are fine, fer as they go,' he said, 'but they're like water bugs skittering at op the water.
Legends, now they go deep down and bring up the heart of a story.'”
"The Phantom broke at the start, her
cold weaving along behind her like the tail of a kite."
"Maureen watched the sun slide out from
behind a low cloud and make diamonds of the raindrops on the grass.
She turned her back on it. How could the sun shine when things went
"The air went wild with greeting. Deep
rumbling neighs. High joyous whickers. The stallion and the mare were
brushing each other with their noses, talking together in soft little
grunts and snorts as animals will."
"A freshly raked track at sunup is
almost a holy place Hoofbeats playing soft music on wet tanbark. Barn
smells- harvest hay and grains – mingling with drying compost, and
over all , the pine-tree fragrance of Kritter Korner. In the ring
only one splashily marked pinto pony holds center stage."
“'What,' the mother asks, 'is the
breeding of this spunky little ballet dancer?'
Almost in concert Kathy and Sandy
reply: 'She's a direct descendant of Misty of Chincoteague!'”
MUSTANG, WILD SPIRIT OF THE WEST *–
about the fight to pass the Mustang Bill to protect wild mustangs
from being overhunted (This is the one that I didn't enjoy all that much, because a lot of it was about the legal process... though of course I appreciate the work done to protect the wild mustangs!)
“'Remember, Pardner,' he said with
gruff tenderness, 'don't fire your gun unless its loaded.'”
"Pa always said, 'Scatter enough seeds
and some are bound to sprout.'”
"Grandma always said, 'Time's got a
lot of elastic to it. The way you feel inside makes all the
difference. It's like one of those fat rubber bands. If you're havin'
fun it's got no give at all, goes fast and light. But if you're
waitin' on somethin' or somebody, it stretches till doomsday.'”
*my least favorite so far.
SAN DOMINGO: THE MEDICINE HAT STALLION - depiction of First Nations people in this book is inappropriate
“'The past is a bucket of ashes. Let
us improve upon the present. What be your needs now?'”
"He had been scrubbed so clean by his
mother's washcloth of a tongue that his body markings were distinct
and curiously beautiful. Pure white he was, with a cluster of
red-brown splatters on his rump and along his belly. It was as though
some Indian paintbrush had created a mystical design on his body."
"And so the invisible tie-rope between
the tightened and strengthened."
"Cautiously, as a child who has lighted
a firecracker comes back to see if it will explode, so the foal came
a step toward them. Then another rout of wild curiousness, and
another. When Paul and Maureen still did not move, he grew bold,
dancing closer and closer, asking questions with his pricked ears and
repeating the with his small question-mark of a tail."
STORMY, MISTY'S FOAL
"Each birth was a different kind of
"A flush of light I the northeast
brought him sharply awake. He peered through the siding and he saw
Misty lying down, and he saw wee forehoofs breaking through the
silken birth bag, the head resting upon them; then quickly came the
slender boy with the hindlegs tucked under.
He froze in wonder at the tiny filly
lying there, complete and whole in the straw. It gave one gulping
gasp for air, and then its sides began rising and falling as
regularly as the ticking of a clock."
WHITE STALLION OF LIPIZZA
“'I don't want this morning's
experience to be so beautiful it will break your heart. It may be
only once in a lifetime for you.'”
"He felt all at once on the brink of
something deep and wonderful. He was here, actually here, about to
see the mystery!"*
“'Our school is a small candle in a
troubled world, If we can send out one beam of splendor, of glory of
elegance, it is worth a man's lifetime,?'”
* I totally want to see the mystery! I am now on the look out for an opportunity to see the World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions... even if I have to go all the way to Vienna to do it. :)
... and that concludes my 2019 summer reading project. Yay!