1.) Britches Are Not for Little Girls
2.) The Best Gift of All
3.) Aunt Rebecca and the Hat
4.) White Christmas
Part Two: The In-Between Years:
5.) Prince Loco, Chad's Crazy Horse
6.) Hurrah for the Forth of July!
7.) A Matter of Honor
8.) Snakes Alive!
9.) Virginia's Riding Lesson
10.) Where the Trees Meet the Bay
11.) Adios, Jeffrey Sullivan
For this review, I received one 151-page paperback copy of "Tales from the Cicle C Ranch" written by Susan K. Marlow, and published by Kregel Publications, a division of Kregel, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI. The front cover is illustrated by Leslie Cammelgaard, and the rest of the illustrations are by Melissa McConnell. ISBN: 978-0-8254-4379-4
We also received a PDF copy of the accompanying lapbook. The "Andrea Carter's Tales from the Circle C Ranch Learning Lapbook" can be purchased separately, and is a great addition to the book!
The first story in the book, "Britches Are Not for Little Girls," really hit home for me. I was a tomboy growing up with a daddy very similar to Andi's. Her dad is very much the type to dismiss social norms in favor of doing things his own way. It is against proper social rules for Andi, a young lady of prominent standing, to wear "britches" or ride a horse in her dresses letting her legs show. So a new friend offers her his overalls, which she takes as a perfect solution to her riding problems. She very much enjoys riding around the ranch with her dad, legs showing and skirt tale flying, but her aunt from the city is very much against it and this puts a lot of pressure on her mother. Her father laughs and says they are hundreds and thousands of miles away from those who take issue with little girls wearing pants, and it's safer and better for her to wear the overalls rather than get her dresses dirty-Or risk injury by riding sidesaddle. This is something my own dad would have said. He was very much a practical minded person who put logic and practicality over fashion rules. And like my own dad, Andi's father died when she was still young. It was her overalls that helped her cope with the pain of losing her dad, like my dad's stories and cowboy hats helped me.
Overall, Susan K. Marlow does a fantastic job of writing a companion book that can really stand on its own, and is a fun way of learning about American History during the 1800s. We did not feel lost or confused at all. I was concerned that we would feel like something was missing due to the fact we've not read any of the others, but that wasn't the case at all. This book is a great example of how reader feedback and questions can influence an author, since this book is an answer to numerous reader questions and comments. We have thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it if you have not read any of the Circle C Adventures books! This would be a great way to test the waters! And if you have, this is a great way to revisit old friends!