|a"The true story of the world's smartest horse"--Cover.
|aOriginally published: New York : Henry Holt, 2010.
|a"First Scholastic printing, January 2012"--T.p. verso.
|aIncludes bibliographical references.
|aA fictionalized account of Bill "Doc" Key, a former slave who became a veterinarian, trained his horse, Jim Key, to recognize letters and numbers and to perform in skits around the country, and moved the nation toward a belief in treating animals humanely. Includes an author's note.
A fascinating, true story of an amazing horse and his incredible owner!Bill "Doc" Key, a former slave who became a veterinarian, loved animals and respected their feelings at a time when most people didn't. After his favorite horse died giving birth, Doc turned his attention to her colt, Jim Key. Discovering Jim's uncanny intelligence, Doc began teaching Jim to identify letters, add, subtract, and more. Most people thought Doc was a fraud, until a group of Harvard professors vouched for Jim's intelligence. With the support of the SPCA, Doc and Jim toured the country amazing audiences and spreading a message about animal rights.With bright, expressive artwork full of detail, this inspiring story of a former slave whose love for animals brought him fame and fortune is as beautiful as it is surprising.