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.
Ellie has always wanted a champion horse of her own. When she meets a pinto in need of love and care, she starts to like this horse and her dream of a champion horse fades.
This was a cute story about a horse-crazy girl. A sentence in chapter one summed it up best. "Everything I do has something to do with horses." It was nice to see that Ellie realized she could talk to God about everything, even her "horse dreams".
Ellie James wants a horse. It's all she dreams about. When a horse suddenly appears, will Ellie realize that this is her horse ?
Backyard Horses is a wonderful little series for horse lovin' girls ages 6-9. It is written in first person present tense, which was a bit hard to decipher at first.
Sometimes I thought that Ellie was a rather over confident girl by the way that she talked, but I think that's partially due to the tense and first person point of view. I liked the side characters and her brother Ethan who was deaf, I thought it was a nice touch to have Ellie, her friend and her family all using sign language as part of their natural communication.
Overall I would say that is a cute series that I wish I had around when I was much younger. I could relate to Ellie and how she didn't have a horse and all her other friend had tons of horses. A rather sweet book.
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Horse Dreams is the first book in the Backyard Horses series By Dandi Daley Mackall. This book is a great and easy read. This book is definitely written for younger readers but readers of all ages will enjoy the story and love its Christian values.
"Horse Dreams" is a short, easy to read story about a young girl with a huge love for all things horses and a bigger than life dream of getting one of her own. Dandi Daley Mackall writes a sweet tale of prayer, the importance of it, and how God answers prayers. I loved that the author doesn't make prayer a "magic trick" but rather shows that God often chooses to answer our prayers in a way we don't expect or even want, but He knows is the best thing for us.
A couple of other unique aspects of this book is that the main character's brother is deaf, so the author includes a lot of sign language. For instance, each chapter title is spelled out in sign language, and there's an alphabet chart at the back as well. There is also a decently expansive glossary of "Horse Talk" for those who aren't familiar with "that" language. :) I appreciated both of these things, as I love that the reader is encouraged to learn along the way.
I think the book is probably perfect for the 6-12 age set, and is definitely geared that way.