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Riding to a secret spotter her brother doesn't know about to practice, Andi finds a new friend to play with. But her fun friendship with Sadie is put to the test when they discover that their families are caught in a boundary dispute. Both Sadie's Pa and Chad are stubborn as mules and each is convinced he's right. Will Andi and Sadie hang on to their friendship in the midst of this adult fight?
Number of Pages: 112
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.25 (inches)
Series: Circle C Stepping Stones
Blooming with BooksBloomer, WIAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A delightful read perfect for young readersApril 4, 2017Blooming with BooksBloomer, WIAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Andi Saddles Up
Circle C Stepping Stones #1
By Susan K. Marlow
Andrea "Andi" Carter is turning 9 years old and her filly Taffy is turning 3! Andi is beside herself anticipating the riding she'll finally get to do with Taffy. And her number 1 hoped for birthday gift is her very own saddle. And Andi has big plans - including trick riding on Taffy.
Unfortunately, (as anyone who has read any of the other series featuring Andi Carter knows) her brother Chad forbids her attempting any such tricks on Taffy or any horse. But meeting a new girl just about her age takes Andi's mind off her disappointment. Sadie is the perfect new friend and she's willing to share her secret to catching fish with Andi.
But just when everything seems perfect it all starts to fall apart because of a land dispute between Chad and Sadie's pa - Vince Hollister. Will a fight between grown-ups destroy Andi's friendship?
This is the first book in the Circle C Stepping Stones series and it is geared towards younger readers who are just starting out in chapter books. Before the reader starts the story there are a couple pages of new words that the reader may be unfamiliar with along with a brief description. After the story ends a brief historical summary about sheep and cattle wars is given.
This book is 104 pages and would be a good fit for a historical fiction book report. There are 6 illustrations throughout the book that add a little something to the reading experience. Perfect for the home or school library and a fun addition to history class.
I was provided a review copy of this book by the publisher with no expectation of a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Life LessonsApril 3, 2017MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Andi Saddles Up is a visit back with Andi Carter at the Circle C Ranch located near Fresno California, and the year is 1877. As the book opens delightful Andi is about to celebrate her ninth birthday, and being the youngest in the family, and rather special to all, she is delighted in her gifts.
A book geared to ages 7 to 10, grade level 2 to 5, but as an adult kept me in mind of my favorite childhood books, sure to make your child smile, and think back to a different time in this country.
There are some really good lessons in this one; maybe the heart of children is the way to go. Andi does learn a very hard and painful lesson here also, and a good example that we need to listen to our elders.
I received this book through Kregel Publishing and was not required to give a positive review.
Jodie5 Stars Out Of 5A wonderful start to a new seriesMarch 28, 2017JodieQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5(I received a copy of this book from the author, but my opinions are solely my own and not influenced)
My daughter was super excited for this series to come out, as she had read the first Circle C Beginnings Series but wasn't quite old enough for the subsequent Circle C series. And her excitement was not disappointed. These books are great. While Andi lives in California in the 1800s and deals with issues relevant to that time, her reactions and behaviors and feelings are very relatable for the reader. The characters are well developed, and the stories flow quickly with lessons taught. A great start to the series!
Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Andi Saddles UpMarch 28, 2017Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Andi Saddles Up is the beginning of Susan K Marlow's whole new series, Circle C Stepping Stones. It follows after the Circle C Beginnings series. In this book, Andrea "Andi" Carter, celebrates her ninth birthday. She's finally old enough to ride her beloved palomino, Taffy. She wants to learn to trick ride like her old friend Riley used to do, but her dear old brother, Chad, isn't having it. She meets a new friend, Sadie, whose pa is arguing with Chad over land. Can these two still be friends?
My daughter was so excited when I got this in the mail. I am not surprised when she wanted to read it for our nightly story time right away. We enjoyed Andi and her new friend, Sadie. There is a good lesson to learn and a good reminder to me that adults can learn a lot from children.
A great start to a new series. My daughter and I can not wait to continue our nightly ritual with book two.
I received this book from the author, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% of my own honest opinion.