Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness

By BOWMAN, Donna Janell

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9781620141489
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Lee & Low


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on October 1, 2016  |  Elementary

Gr 2–6—A profile of William "Doc" Key and his relationship with animals, specifically his skilled horse Jim. Key was born a slave in Shelbyville, TN, in the 1830s. After the Civil War, he stayed in Shelbyville and built a veterinary where he sold his homemade remedies, and became very successful. Referred to as "Doc" Key,...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on September 1, 2016

William "Doc" Key was a self-taught veterinarian, businessman, and patent medicine salesman who was born into slavery in 1833 and became a free man after the Civil War. In 1889 his beloved horse Lauretta gave birth to the colt Jim, a sickly creature that nevertheless showed remarkable intelligence. With Doc's gentle, noncoercive training, Jim learned to read, spell, write, and do sums, and thus became the star of Doc's traveling shows. As their fame grew, the two teamed up with the country's newly founded humane societies, raising ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on April 1, 2016

William "Doc" Key was a self-taught veterinarian who was born into slavery and became a free man after the Civil War. With D...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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