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!
What's not to love about Susan K. Marlow's Circle C Beginnings books? In a strange way, this new series isn't really new at all. It's more of a look back in time at an already familiar character.
Mrs. Marlow established Andrea Carter in her Circle C Adventures books, six stories chock full of Gold Rush era excitement. Now young children learning to read on their own can get to know Andi when she was about their own age. How much fun they'll have making mischief together!
Andi's Pony Trouble is a perfect introduction and contains wonderful illustrations. Once your kids open the pages, they won't put this book down. Can Andi prove to her family she's big enough for her very own horse?
Our family has adored Susan Marlow's original â€˜Andi books' as we call them around here. We were so excited to learn about the new Circle C Beginnings series for young readers. Where the original Andi books followed the twelve-thirteen-year-old Andrea Carter through her many adventures and life lessons, the beginnings series follows the five-six-year-old Andi through her earlier escapades, adventures, and story background.
Our family has read through most of the Andi books together as read-alouds, and we've found the Beginnings books to be just as charming and full of life - if not more so! Fans of the original Andi books will be excited to see a major piece of back-story filled in as Andi longs for her own real horse in Andi's Pony Trouble.
Written for 6 to 8-year-olds, this series has met my oldest daughter right where she is in terms of reading ability. After I read the first few chapters of this first title in the series out loud, she took off on her own. It is so exciting to see her digging into this book - she even reads the "New Words" and "A Peek into the Past" sections! It wasn't long before she'd found the series' website and was checking release dates for the rest of the books! I continued to read it aloud to my four-year-old and toddler, and they also loved the simple text and cute artwork.
It has been all Andi and Riley all the time around our house when it is time for creative free play at our house! My girls absolutely love the characters and I'm happy to have another entertaining, wholesome series from Susan Marlow for them to read and listen to. One of my favorite aspects of Marlow's writing is that her characters are realistic; they have flaws but learn character-building faith lessons along the way and little Andi is no exception.
I loved this little book.... so did my 10 year old! She has read the Harry Potter series twice (hence, a good reader) and loved this one as well. She enjoys an easy read in between those big books. Being a horse owner/lover made her want to read it too. It's about a girl named Andi and she had a good friend named Riley and he has his own horse, Midnight. It's an adventurous story with a little character training to talk about.... There are more books that follow and I love a story that has the main character growing up -- there's another whole series when Andi is older so your child can read and grow with Andi!! It's great!
Little girls and horses just seem to go together like . . .well . . . little boys and puppy dogs. I know that I was a horse-crazy kid, and now I have three young ladies of my own that adore all things equine. If you can't have adventures on your own horse thoughâ€”oh, what a cross to bear!â€”the next best thing is to READ about adventures on a horse!
Author Susan K. Marlow has delivered another wonderful series that will have your littlest horse lovers jumping in with both feet. "Circle C Beginnings" is the prequel to Susan Marlow's other successful series, "Circle C Adventures."
There's something about Andi Carter, the main character of all the Circle C books, that is so endearing. She just seems to find trouble like a flea finds a dog. And it's always with such good intentions that you can't help but become a fan!
In Andi's Pony Trouble, Andi is tired of her pokey, hand-me-down pony, Coco. She is almost six years old, for Pete's sake, shouldn't she be ready for a full-grown horse? Her family doesn't think so, but Andi is sure she can prove how mature and ready she really is.
Andi and friend Riley go riding on Coco and Riley's horse, Midnight. Riley let's her take a turn galloping on Midnight and Andi feels like she can conquer the world! She certainly doesn't want to ride boring old Coco anymore. In fact, why can't the two of them ride double on Midnight and let Coco follow them back to the ranch? Good plan, until they realize Coco is no longer behind them. Andi knows that losing Coco will mean big trouble. If she can't take care of a pokey, hand-me-down pony, then it proves she really isn't ready for a full size horse! Maybe if she can find Coco on her own . . . (yes, it's a bad idea!).
All of the Circle C adventures are set in the late 1800's, in the untamed Sierra Nevada's of California. A perfect place for a young tomboy to find trouble and adventure galore! There's enough rough and tumble fun in these stories to ensure that boys will enjoy them as well. Although Andi makes bad choices at times, she also learns wholesome lessons through the natural consequences of her actions. Important concepts for young people to grasp!
These delightful early chapter books have a "New Words" list to help readers navigate the tale. Illustrator Leslie Gammelgaard has liberally sprinkled her charming sketches throughout the pages, serving to enhance the story that much more.The author also has a few questions and historical facts at the end of each book to add to the experience. You'll also be glad to know there's a definite Christian worldview woven into each story that's never preachy, just a natural part of Andi's life.
Furthermore, on the Circle C website, there are activity and coloring pages (related to each book) that can be printed out for FREE, serving to make these chapter books a truly educational experience.
It has been a pleasure to get to know Andi Carter and crew through the various Circle C books! I know you won't be disappointed in the quality of writing and integrity of character that Susan K. Marlow serves up with each tale. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future!