WE LOVE BOOKS! There, I said it. We do. You should see our bookshelves! They're completely stocked with all sorts of fun books for readers of all ages it seems like now, and for that we are so truly blessed! I was so excited to add all four books in the Mattie Richardson's Horses in History Series by Author Mattie Richardson/Appaloosy Books. We also received a great PDF of the brand new Day and Night Enrichment Guide for the Day and Night book!
For this review, in addition to the PDF guide, we received:
Day and Night
These books are inteded for ages 8-14, and are great for kids who have a particular fondness for history and horses, even if they are outside the intended age range. Princess J is only 6, and she loved having me read to her-her favorite being Golden Sunrise!
The books are 60 to more than 140 pages in length, and you can read them independently as they are "stand alone" style reads that do not need the others in the series to make sense. Each book focuses on a different period in time, so there's no need to actually read them in order if you do not wish to do so.
This is the story of Storm, a brown stallion Appaloosa horse belonging to the Nez Perce tribe. Storm is free spirited, and longs to be free. This book has fourteen chapters and 160-pages. It would work great as a supplemental read for Native American studies as it includes a lot of Nez Perce vocab and spellings, along side historical facts.
Dusty's Trail (MY FAVE!)
This is all about the Pony Express! The quarter horse (we had quarter horses growing up!) is the fastest of the fast, and super trainable to boot. Too bad he's a scaredy cat! He keeps running away! How will he ever deliver his Pony Express mail!?
Golden Sunrise (Princess J's favorite)
REMEMBER THE ALAMO! Yes, this is all about the battle for the Alamo. Set in Texas before it was a United State. Aurelia is the horse of the hour as we learn about the rebels who will stop at nothing to defend the Alamo, and take Texas from Santa Ana!
Day and Night (Mr. B's choice!)
24-chapters,one epilogue, and 136-pages covers this book about the Civil War! Ticker, the hero horse of this book along with Shiloh of the southern variety, are born on the same exact farm in Missouri. Separated and sold, readers learn how divided the country became during the Civil War.
We loved all of the books. We found them all to be educational, entertaining, and on par for the age range, with those outside that range with an interest having no problems with the subject matter. The characters are relatable, and the story lines move along very nicely. The reading guide for Day and Night is really helpful, and adds a reading comprehension and printed work element I can use in Mr. B's portfolio. Overall, we are so thankful to have these added to our collection!
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