Monday, October 11, 2010

Gunner Hurricane Horse by Judy Andrekson

Imagine a horse lost and alone during Hurricane Katrina; that's what happened to Gunner.

This is a young adults trade paperback published by Tundra Books, who sent me a copy for review.  It is non-fiction and currently available at your local bookstores.

When Heather first saw the little Paint, she wondered why her husband had bothered bringing him home.  When he bit her on the butt, she decided she really didn't like him!  But even if she didn't like him, he sure liked her.

With time, he was trained to be a show horse and she began to love him.  Then came Katrina...

This amazing true story will pull at your heart strings for more than one reason.  Not only is the horse missing, the family is separated and their home has been destroyed.

The author does a good job of making you feel like you're "there" and it lets young readers feel the effects of a hurricane as well as the worries and heartache of the people experiencing it.  It's a good history lesson.

If your child enjoys horses (you'll learn about the Paint breed in the story, too) or adventure, this book should intrigue him/her.  I'd suggest it for ages 6-8.  Check it out at your local bookstore.

1 comment:

claire dorotik said...

Glad to see someone remembered the horses of Katrina!

Claire Dorotik, M.A., author, ON THE BACK OF A HORSE: Harnessing the Healing Power of the Human-Equine Bond