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Horse Dreams: 1 (Backyard Horses) Kindle Edition
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As a Mom I liked Ellie's take on prayer she has faith that God hears her yet she knows that sometimes her prayers are not necessarily without selfish motives and while she struggles with the right way to pray she knows that God is interested in hearing from her. She admits that she doesn't always remember to include God in her day but always tries to talk to him before bed. It is an honest look at a growing relationship. Ellie's walk isn't perfect but who's is, it makes for a great conversation with your young reader.
We thoroughly enjoyed this read!
Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book, the opinions expressed in this review are mine and I was under no obligation to write a positive review.
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My daughters love Ellie, the heroine of the story! There are so far 4 books in the series and we started with book 1 in order to read them, well, in order. The heroine of the story, Ellie, is a sweet, oftentimes feisty, day-dreaming 4th grader. In the first book, she often day-dreamed about her own horse. She decides to do a "science" experiment... she'll "beg, cry, and pray" for a horse of her own and find out what way works best for getting horses. I don't think it's spoiling anything to say that God will answer her prayer... but in a different way than she imagined.
I highly recommend this book to elementary school children. It's filled with a good story, important lessons, and a little girl who puts her hope in God. I also highly recommend Cowboy Colt, Chasing Dream, and Nightmare, the others in the series. By the way, you can earn this book for free by participating in Tyndale's Summer Reading Program through the end of August!
Horse Dreams is an easy book as far as reading skill is concerned, hitting somewhere along a second or third grade reading level. But, the content captured the attention of both of my girls, third and fifth graders typically reading well above their grade level.
The thing that stood out the most to me in the book, however, was the spiritual dimension. A simple but growing relationship with God is seen in both fourth grade Ellie and her second grade brother. When I asked my fifth grader what she thought about the book, I was delighted to hear that the spiritual components stood out prominently to her as well.
If the "Backyard Horses" series was simply another set of fiction books about horses, I might not bother with the rest of the series simply because my girls truly are beyond the reading level. But, because the storyline so beautifully shows how a simple and growing faith in God affects the day to day life of a young girl, I would love to have the entire series on my shelf as it comes available. I look forward to handing the book to my son and loaning out or suggesting it to other parents who are looking for a good book for their children.
A few weeks ago, I was pleasantly surprised to find complimentary copy of Horse Dreams in the mailbox from Tyndale. I don't know much about horses, but I enjoyed reading about Ellie and her love for horses. Ellie may be a daydreamer during school, but her dreams do come true. The book was a delight light to read and I'm sure kids, especially horse lovers, will love reading it to.
I don't know where this book falls in the series, but I feel like so many more details are probably filled in through the rest of the books, though it does read fine as a standalone. As you would expect from the title and cover, this book really is a great deal about horses. If your child doesn't care for them, this probably isn't the best choice. I imagine Christian fans of horses will love it, though!
I enjoyed the sign language addition to the story. Ellie's brother is deaf, and sign language is used. The chapter titles are even in sign language(along with words). There's a sign language alphabet chart in the back, along with a dictionary of the "horse" words used throughout the story.
I do have a few complaints. It's mentioned different times that the mom is WAY taller than the dad. I love this part! I think it's awesome to see that parents/couples don't always have to fit a mold. ((two thumbs up for that part)) BUT, I feel like the dad should have been given a backbone. At one point, the mom has to step up and "save" him when he's scared of a certain man. I was disappointed he wasn't created to be stronger, considering this is a Christian series. Also, I didn't care for the gossiping that went on within the story. There is one point that Ellie leaves where she's supposed to be, asking her friend to lie for her. She walks alone in the dark during this "adventure". There are no consequences, whatsoever, and that's just not okay!
If you can overlook those parts, this is a sweet and funny little story, and I really enjoyed it!
Fourth-grader Ellie James has a great imagination. She spends a lot of time daydreaming of owning a black stallion show horse and winning trophies in the horse show. But when the answer to all her dreams and prayers gallops into her life, will Ellie be able to recognize it? Join Ellie and her quirky family in their exciting, horse-loving adventures.
What makes this book so great is that Horse Dreams is written from the Child's point of view. 4th grader Ellie James is a likable character and sure to get your girls wanting to read the whole series.
What little girl (me included) hasn't dreamed of having a horse all her own. My girls dreams are constant since their cousin has 2 horses of her own. So my girls could very well have been the character Ellie. Ellie begs, cries and prays for a horse all her own. She also understands that sometimes prayers can go unanswered till God feels the time is right and we are ready for the prayers to be answered.
Overall this is a fun series for girls who love horses and I plan to be on the look out for more Horse Dreams books.
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