Ellie is in love with horses and her entire world revolves around them to the point that those around her accuse her of dreaming up real horses. When her Mom shares about her day the family learns that Ellie really wasn't dreaming and that her prayers are being answered, just not in the exact way she wanted.
This book is perfect for an elementary aged girl who loves horses too.
I think most kids would really enjoy this, but especially kids who are in public school and who like animals. The characters and setting are believable yet somewhat quirky (especially the mother). The chapters go by quickly, with driving elements. The children in the story get along well, except for the one or two snooty girls. Some of it I question, but overall pretty good.
I read this book wondering if my 8 year old would enjoy reading it. I think it is very appropriate for 2nd grade and up, ESPECIALLY if the child is a horse lover! The book is well written and easy to read.
The only reason for giving a four star instead of five is the mom character. She did not seem to fit at all with the rest of the characters in the story. Everyone else was the basic, normal person; however, the mom spoke mainly in cliches (which really became distracting and annoying). There was no explanation for WHY she may speak that way, and if there were it may have helped make it less distracting. It was almost as if her character were an afterthought. Develop the mom character just a bit more, but I still would say this is a good read with a good message for kids.
I'm well over 10 years old, but I enjoy reading this type of book for a quick, easy diversion from serious novels. This book is appropriate for any kid. It is a fun story, very well written. I really like her little brother, Ethan. I like the sign language chart. I also like the list of horse related words, for people like me who are curious about horse terminology. I agree with another reviewer that the girl's parents could pray, too, and Christian values could be shown better, but I still recommend this book and this author.
Horse Dreams, by Dandi Mackall, though geared for pre-teen girls was delightful to read. The story was well-written and centered on a highly imaginative 4th grade girl named Ellie. Like many other girls, Ellie is horse crazy and longs for her own horse. However, she doesn't just want any type of horse, but a black stallion show horse. As you read the story, you see how her dream becomes reality, however, her "dream horse" is not what she had imagined, but you will have to read the story to find out. Though this book is enjoyable to read, what I liked most about it are the Spiritual truths that are found throughout the story. This story is not just about a little girl who longs for a horse and finally gets one. Ellie and her family are a close family who loves God and each other. During the story, Ellie prays to God for her dream horse and never keeps giving up that He will give her one even though it seems God keeps saying not yet. Despite the years and years of asking for one and not getting her horse, she does not lose faith that God will bring her horse to her. It is refreshing to read about this girl's faith and a good reminder that God is in control and He answers prayers in His time with our best interests in mind. Though this book is geared for children, I found it to be entertaining and refreshing considering the great Biblical truths found in it from start to finish.