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All their names were Courage / a novel of the civil war
Denslow, Sharon Phillips.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Greenwillow Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
135 pages ; 20 cm
In 1862, as William Burd fights in the Civil War, he exchanges letters with his sister, Sallie, who is also writing to Confederate and Union generals asking about their horses in order to write a book.
Reading Level:
007 & up

930 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.2 3.0 72375.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 6.5 6 Quiz: 36768 Guided reading level: X.

Format :


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Material Type
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X Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf
X Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf
X Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf

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Black Bess. Kangaroo. Burns. Traveller. All the horses of the Civil War. And Belle, the Burd family's mare. Sallie Burd loves horses. She wants to know everything about them. What she's going to find out is that all their names are Courage.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4-6. The winning premise of this epistolary Civil War tale should hook plenty of readers. Inspired by her love of horses and her friend Isaac's facility for drawing them, 11-year-old Kentuckian Sallie Burd asks both Union and Confederate generals to describe their favorite steeds, and then compiles a book of their responses. In letters to her older brother, William, a Union soldier, Sallie describes her project's progress, as well as keeping him up to date on local events and conditions; William in turn provides vivid, sometimes poignant, reports on camp life and his state of mind. By war's end, Sallie has received 13 answers--ranging from Stonewall Jackson's affectionate tribute to his Little Sorrel (When we pause in our marches, Sorrel lays himself down like a dog ) to Sheridan's quiet praise for his Rienzi. There's a note from a wounded veteran rebuilding his life with a horse's help. Drawing many, perhaps all, of her anecdotes from historical records, Denslow opens an inviting window to the past with these consistently short, simply written missives and appreciations. --John Peters Copyright 2003 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-Written as a series of letters mainly between Sallie Burd and her older brother, a Union soldier, this story lacks the depth that good fiction should have. Sallie decides to occupy herself as the war continues by creating a book about the brave horses used by soldiers on both sides of the conflict. She writes to well-known officers, including Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant, to find out about their horses, too. The letters between Sallie and her brother lack real emotion and do not offer any insight into either character. History is really the main character here, and the descriptive information vividly depicts life at the time, but does little else. There are many more satisfying and absorbing historical fiction selections set during the Civil War.-Renee Steinberg, formerly at Fieldstone Middle School, Montvale, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.