Macadoo of the Maury River
|March 17, 2015||Posted by admin under Animals, Fiction, Young Readers|
Macadoo is a young Belgium colt living on a farm when he first encounters one of many challenges he will face throughout his life. He must find the strength to stand up to his father (a huge Belgium stallion) in order to protect the other horses — an encounter that leaves him scarred for life but gives him the courage he will need to stand up for others in the future. Not long after this, he is taken from his home and then separated from his beloved Mamere. He then narrowly escapes certain death when he is bought at auction by a Belgium horse loving man named John Macadoo (his namesake). Macadoo eventually finds happiness in two homes: the first with Izzy and his grandpa and the second with Isbell Maiden at the Maury River Stables.
This is a book narrated by the sweet Macadoo, who gives insight into the ups and downs of a horse’s life. The reader follows Macadoo’s journey from a young colt joyfully grazing in large pastures to surviving a kill auction to learning to become a vaulting horse and then eventually becoming a therapeutic riding horse. Macadoo grows very fond of some very special friends he meets along the way and carries a heavy heart when having to leave the ones he loves the most. He somehow always finds the heart to walk on and fulfill a lasting wish to help others in need and bring gentle peace to the places he calls home.
Macadoo of the Maury River is a heartwarming and heart-tugging story of the gentle giant of horses. The author presents a very realistic portrayal of what the life of a horse must be like. The writing flows easily, the plot is solid, the characters are real. The book’s audience is targeted towards the 9-12 year age group and it provides a good basis to introduce young readers to the world of horses. But I would not hesitate to recommend this to any horse/animal lover of every age. It is a story that stays with you long after the final page is read and carries a very sweet yet powerful message — that “humans and horses have done such good together — built cities, kingdoms, and nations — but our most important building is yet undone … do not let us horses be forgotten …”
Note: Macadoo of the Maury River is the sequel to Chancey of the Maury River and is followed by Dante of the Maury River.
For more information about this book or to get your very own copy, visit the publisher’s website here.