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Torden, Hear the Thunder
by C. Kirkham   

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ISBN-10:  0978691709 Type: 


Copyright:  2006

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Wounded by shrapnel, scared and alone, the stallion runs until exhausted and collapses in a ditch.
Niesje Brouwers is helping her aunt and uncle with the morning chores on their dairy farm in The Netherlands not far from Belgium and the three day old war. She sees a dark figure lying near the road. Discovering the injured, bloody stallion, her uncle feels it should be put out of its desperate misery.
* Can the stallion be saved?
* Will his owner find him?
* What adventures await?

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Chapter 3

Niesje can almost touch the bright blue sky as she flies across the Dutch countryside on a black horse... the black horse from the barn. The wind blows his mane around her and the feeling of floating and rocking at the same time is heavenly. Together they cover the countryside like a cloud traveling with the wind.

The pair flies higher and higher. She looks down at the rolling hills separated by streams, which are lined with willows. The farmland patchwork stretches as far as she can see. Fields of differing shades of green spot the land here and there. Brightly colored flower beds are almost shouting up to them, as they fly all the way north to the sea.

The stallion returns to the earth as they touch down for a run on the beach. She feels the spray from the waves and tastes the salt of the sea. They take off again above a flock of seagulls who take flight behind them. The screaming gulls chide them for being airborne.

When the pair finally returns to the farm, landing by the back door of the house, she hugs her loving black stallion. Then, as if hugging her back, he brings his head almost to his shoulder, gently surrounding her with his neck. Niesje brings him upstairs where they stand looking out the window. As she pets his shoulder, she hears Aunt Rachel’s voice calling from what seems to be a long distance away...

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Torden, Hear the Thunder

Of all the breeds of horses in the world, one of the least familiar is the Friesian. Yet the history of this noble breed extends far back into the middle of the 13th century, when it was favored by warriors and the royal courts of Europe as well as French and Spanish riding schools. Friesians had the strength and swiftness to maneuver in battle despite the heavy weight of the armored knights who rode them. These well-regarded horses, usually black, were so decimated in number by the start of World War I that they were considered nearly extinct, and thus their participation in the war effort remains unknown.

In Torden, Hear the Thunder, new author C. Kirkham tells the touching story of Niesje Brouwers, an intelligent and likable 11-year-old girl living on a farm in the Netherlands near the Belgian border. Not long after the start of World War I, Niesje discovers a scared and abandoned Friesian stallion that has been critically wounded by shrapnel. Given the circumstances and the deprivations of war, Niesje's uncle argues that the poor animal should be put out of its misery, but Niesje pleads with him to give the stallion a chance. During his long recovery, she names him "Torden," the Danish word for thunder, and as this gentle giant becomes part of the family, he and his brave young caretaker learn to survive the dangerous war years together.

Told in the stirring tradition of Black Beauty and My Friend Flicka, Torden, Hear the Thunder is a deeply moving tale of courage, friendship and hope. Author C. Kirkham’s warm love for these admirable horses shines throughout her gentle story and will light up the heart of any reader young or old.

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