Friday, May 6, 2011
TOS Crew Review: Circle C Beginnings
Kregel Children's Books
Circle C Beginnings
We received Andi's Pony Trouble by Susan K. Marlow to review. Before the story begins a list of new words, non-country kids may not know is presented. The list contains britches, lope, roundup and a few others with their definitions. Andi's Pony Trouble is part of a Christian fiction series written for ages 6-8.
Free Activity Books
Andi's Pony Trouble takes place in 1874, on a ranch in California, with Andi's 6th birthday just around the corner. She wants her own horse instead of her hand-me-down pony and tries to convince her family that she is ready for the responsibility a horse would bring. Andi is the youngest of five children and in a hurry to grow up. She has quite a few adventures during the day this story takes place. The author works in a few subtle lessons about manners and proper behavior.
During the worst part of her day Andi realizes she is praying even though it isn't her usual prayer time. She learns that she can pray to God anytime. By the end of the story she realizes her mother is right and that she is not ready for a horse. She also learns that its is best to tell the truth about what she did even though it turned out all right in the end.
Andi has a blog!
My daughters loved this book! I was surprised at how well written it was! Even though it is written for children ages 6-8 I found the use of description excellent. It was refreshing to read modern children's literature written with such skill. Susan did a wonderful job of including the family's morals into the story in a natural, non-preachy way. This is a wholesome, family-honoring book. Even though the main character tries to take care of her problem by herself she comes to the conclusion that it is best to tell her mother what happened even if she will get into trouble. She also admits that her mother was right about her readiness for her own horse. The illustrations are beautiful and fit the story perfectly. Even though the main character is a girl I think most boys would also enjoy this story.
My daughters enjoyed the free activity pages I downloaded and printed from the Circle C website. They contained coloring pages, activity sheets, and a recipe.
Andi's Pony Trouble is the kind of well written, timeless book that I will keep to pass on to my grandchildren. I hope to add the rest of the books in the series to our collection. I highly recommend this book for the young reader or even as a read aloud.
Andi's Pony Trouble
Circle C Beginnings Chapter Books
Single books $4.99
Books 1&2 or 3&4 $9.98
Books 1-4 $15.95
Lapbooks also available for purchase.
I received a free copy of Andi's Pony Trouble in order to write this review and have shared my honest opinion. To read more reviews please visit TOS Homeschool Crew blog.