Thursday, March 31, 2011

DeLaCroix, Alice The Best Horse Ever

DeLaCroix, Alice The Best Horse Ever
Holiday House 2010 74p 16.95
978-0-8234-2254-8 elem Horses -- Fiction. VG

“ When nine-year-old Abby gets her own horse, a bay named Griffin, she realizes that taking care of him could mean giving up almost everything else in her life.” Girls and boys who enjoy reading about horses will appreciate this new title by Alice DeLaCroix. Young readers will relate to Abby, a nine year-old girl who loves horses and takes riding lessons on a boy horse named Griffin. When Abby’s parents buy Abby this beautiful horse, she learns and demonstrates responsibility of taking good care of her horse. Abby takes pride in her new horse and concentrates all of her energy on him, forgetting about other important kid things, like maintaining a friendship and having other types of fun. Devon is Abby’s best friend and the two got into an argument over Griffin and the new kittens that Devon has at her house. Abby’s parents help her balance her life with her new horse and other important things. Through her parents encouragement, Abby apologizes to Devon and the two not only make-up, but learn to appreciate each other and the things that are important to them.

Nicely illustrated with pencil sketches in each chapter, this short chapter book will appeal to elementary readers who love horses. Animal stories Forba-Mayer, Charleen

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