Andi wants a horse. She has a pony, but her three brothers and her older sister all rode the pony when they were little. She doesn't want to ride Coco the pony anymore; besides, he trots and Andi doesn't like to trot. So, she comes up with this great plan. She wants a horse for her sixth birthday. She just knows that she is big enough. But her mom says no. Her brothers and sister even say she is too young. Can she take care of a horse? Can she even get up on the horse?
This book teaches younger children about responsibilities. Andi has to learn to be responsible and take care of Coco, something she really doesn't want to do. But, if she can't take care of Coco, how can she take care of a horse? It also teaches about consequences. When Andi leaves Coco behind and he doesn't come home, she realizes that she was not being responsible and taking care her pony.
I give this book 5 stars. It was a great story with a great lesson for kids.
Andi's Pony Trouble by Susan K. Marlow is the first book in the Circle C Beginnings series and is aimed at early chapter book readers. Andi is sure that because she is almost six that she is ready for a horse of her own. She's sick of riding "pokey hand-me-down pony" Coco who doesn't go any faster than a trot. When Andi's mom points out that Andi doesn't take very good care of Coco, forgetting to brush and feed him, meaning she's not quite ready yet for the responsibility of caring for a horse. Andi's brothers and sisters all tease her about her desire, leaving her feeling frustrated and left out. Cook's helper, Riley, is Andi's closest friend, even if at eight years old he is often "too big for his britches." Riley has a horse of his own named Midnight that Andi loves to ride whenever she can. SPOILERS! First Mia's review: The story was about a girl named Andi who had a pony named Coco, but really wanted a horse. Her pony was lost, but then she found her pony. On the morning of her birthday, her brother woke her up and brought her out to the barn where she found a baby horse that was her birthday present. My favorite part of the story was when she said that she loved Coco. At the beginning, she was treating her pony like it was a bag of garbage, and I did not like that. she didn't care about him at all. Then I got really mad at her for leaving Coco behind. I felt happy at the end for her pony and for Andi, and the baby horse. I learned that it's important to appreciate what you have. Now my review. Mia and I enjoyed reading this book together. We took turn reading the chapters to each other, it was written so that she could easily read the words, and there is a vocabulary list to teach readers any new words. Mia is right, at first Andi is very selfish and focused only on what she doesn't have, instead of focusing on Coco as a blessing. Mia was almost moved to tears twice at Andi's treatment of Coco. Andi learns a valuable lesson in the story, and so will young readers: that in times of trouble you can turn to God about anything, and He will listen. Andi discovers that you don't have to save prayers for at bedtime or in church. When she prays about Coco's disappearance, God hears and answers her prayer, giving her and readers new understanding about God and His love. Mia is already excited about starting the second book in the series, Andi's Indian Summer.
Circle C Beginnings is a new book series for kids aged 6-8, featuring six-year-old Andi Carter and her eight-year-old friend Riley. My 9 year old loved them! She read both Andi's Pony Trouble and Andi's Indian Summer and she asks me at least once a week when the next two books come out. I don't think she's going to be able to wait until they become available in March 2011.
In Andi's Pony Trouble, the six-year-old birthday girl is trying her best to convince her mom that she's ready for a horse of her own, rather than her pokey, hand-me-down pony, Coco. Mom's not buying it and Andi must learn to care for and appreciate the pony she has before she'll be ready for her own horse.
We next meet Andi in Andi's Indian Summer, reading scary dime novels with her friend Riley. The tales about Indians taking people captive has Andi spooked, but she soon meets some real Native Americans and finds out that they're not quite like the dime novels make them out to be.
In addition to the great stories, each book has tie-in coloring pages, activity pages, lapbooks and puzzles available online at AndiandTaffy.com. My daughter has colored every coloring page, which are the black-and-white illustrations from the books, at least once. She's even voluntarily been doing the activity pages, which include vocabulary word matches, writing and geography activities, and puzzles.
If you're looking for an exciting series that will capture the interest of your young reader, I highly recommend the Circle C Beginnings series.
Susan K. Marlow's Circle C Adventure books are awesome!!!! But these Circle C Beginnings for the younger group, are the awesomest. I like that these books are not, fantasy. They are reall adventures. Maybe not true stories but real adventures and for those just beginning chapter books, it is great! It helps that the main character, Andi, is young, gets in trouble like they do, has to say she's sorry and take consequences. There are Christian lessons to be learned in each book without it being overpowering and "unreal" use of God. My 7 year old has Down Syndrome and she is just eating these books up. She is just beginning chapter books and these have held her attention and she wants to keep reading. Thank you Susan for a great books.
Andi's Pony Trouble is the first in the Circle C Beginnings series... a spin-off of Susan Marlow's Circle C Adventures for older readers. The Circle C Beginnings series is based on the same characters, but at a younger age. They are perfect for children who are just beginning to read chapter books. The stories are about a little girl in the old west, and are full of fun, excitement and adventure. The characters and situations are believable, and while Andi does find herself in all kinds of scrapes, she is never deliberately bratty, and grows in life experience the way we all do... by learning from her mistakes. Even though the main character is a little girl, the stories are not at all girly, and boys would enjoy them just as much as girls.
In Andi's Pony Trouble, Andi has to convince her mother that she is old enough for a "real" horse by showing that she can take care of the responsibilities she has already been given. And that's not always easy! This book introduces us to Andi's beloved horse (from the older Circle C Adventures books) as a colt.
Oh! And I have to mention the illustrations. They are soft pencil sketches that remind me of Garth Williams' illustrations of the Little House books. Just beautiful!