Sonrise Stable Horse Articles


Winnie the Early Years Review of the New Series by Dandi Daley Mackall

The new series has good themes for younger readers, but I can't get past the foolish, dangerous things done with the horses. The dad is portrayed unfavorably. 

Book Review Winnie the Horse Gentler Book 8: Buckskin Bandit

It wasn’t a totally satisfying conclusion. I was hoping for more of a "happily-ever-after" ending, but it is only a book after all, and the characters aren’t real.

Book Review Winnie the Horse Gentler Book 7: Friendly Foal

Winnie’s difficulties working with the foal and Amigo in this book are puzzling since she was portrayed in the first book as able to tame a wild horse in a week.

Book Review Winnie the Horse Gentler Book 6: Gift Horse

Winnie rushes home expecting to find something wrong with her horse. She finds Nickers is fine, but discovers a sickly horse in the pasture.

Unhappy Appy Winnie the Horse Gentler #5 Horse Book Review

I liked this book the best of the series so far. Parents should be aware the main topic is divorce, although that doesn’t become clear until the end of the book.

Midnight Mystery Winnie the Horse Gentler #4 Book Review

Just another six days until November 12. That would be the third time Winnie, her sister, Lizzy, and their father had celebrated Mrs. Willis’ birthday without her.

Horse Book Review - Bold Beauty - 3rd in the Winnie the Horse Gentler Series

An abortion debate in a horse book for eight to twelve-year-olds? Yes. And, Winnie has another improbable training project. Two weeks this time to retrain a jumper.

Horse Book Review Winnie the Horse Gentler Book 2 Eager Star

When Winnie's first training project, Towaco, arrives, she immediately puts him in with Nickers, then seems surprised that the two are fussing with each other.

Winnie the Horse Gentler Book Review

Am I the only person that doesn’t like the Winnie the Horse Gentler series? Honestly, it makes me wonder at times whether there’s something wrong with me.

Mrs. Mack by Patricia Polacco

I really wanted to like this book, but somehow I just couldn't. My youngest daughter (now 26) remembered the book title, but couldn't remember anything about it.

5 Best Horse Picture Books

I love picture books, especially horse picture books! As a horse person, I have pretty high standards as to what qualifies as a good horse book. Here are my top 5.

Marguerite Henry Author of Horse Books for Children

Margeurite Henry was a prolific writer. While her favorite topic was horses, (titles listed below) she also wrote stories about other animals.

Fritz and the Beautiful Horses by Jan Brett

This beautiful horse picture book has a wonderful message for children - what you are on the outside is not nearly as important as what you are on the inside.

Billy and Blaze Books

Billy and Blaze is the simple story of a boy who receives a pony he’d dreamed about. The book struck a chord with readers struggling through the Great Depression. 

National Velvet

Somehow I never read National Velvet as a kid. After reading it yesterday, I feel fortunate I missed it in my younger days. I recommend that you skip this book.

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