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Book Review Winter Pony by Jean Slaughter Doty

Book Review Winter Pony by Jean Slaughter Doty

While the book has accurate horse information, there's not much of a story, and it contains other questionable parts. Not a book I would recommend for kids.

My Friend Flicka Book Review | Not Friendly for Children

My Friend Flicka Book Review | Not Friendly for Children

Was this book actually written for children? It's full of profanities and unnecessarily graphic descriptions. Read my review and decide for yourself. 

Horse Book Reviews From A Christian Perspective

Horse Book Reviews From A Christian Perspective

Books can be influential in shaping the hearts and minds of young people. The Bible cautions us to be careful what we think about, that includes the books we read.

Misty of Chincoteague Book Review

Misty of Chincoteague Book Review

Misty of Chincoteague is one of the most popular horse books for children. Is it appropriate for your child to read? Check out this review for my thoughts.

The Horse Diaries Book Reviews

The Horse Diaries Book Reviews

I could get past horses behaving in extremely non-equine ways, but the typical, modern portrayal of children as smarter than their parents is a deal breaker for me.

Black Beauty Book Review - Christian Themes in the Classic Horse Novel

Black Beauty Book Review - Christian Themes in the Classic Horse Novel

Christian Black Beauty? The book by Anna Sewell? Do you have to buy a special edition of Black Beauty to get the Christian version? 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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. 

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