Our daughter has loved horses since she was a little girl. She isn't keen to historical books, but these caught her eye right away when I showed them to her. I was thrilled to see her excited to receive and review the books by Author Mattie Richardson/Appaloosy Books. We were given all four books in the Mattie Richardson's Horses in History Series.
Hope was even more excited about reading these books once she found out who had wrote them. Mattie Richardson is a former homeschool student who wrote her first book at the young age of 13. Hope is 12, so this was a great inspiration to her. Mattie wrote this series to help students want to learn history again. She wanted to make it interesting and exciting for young readers. She wants to change that many children do not like reading, writing and studying history these days. I am so happy to have someone who wants to make history fun for kids again. This writer is a great source of encouragement for me and my daughter.
This series was created for children ages 8-14, but I feel anyone would enjoy reading them. They are not long in length and are great for reading aloud as a family as well as personal reading.
Appaloosy will take you on an adventure with Storm, a beautiful Appaloosa brown horse. This horse belongs to a tribe called the Nez Perce. You will learn all about this tribe and their hand in development of the Appaloosa.
Storm doesn't like being a fenced in horse. He wants to be wild and free. After being sold a few times, Storm settles in with a young girl named Faith. Here he finally finds a home with a girl that he has a strong bond with, but is soon stolen away. He is a headstrong horse and after freeing himself, he will have to choose to go back to Faith or remain free.
My daughter couldn't put this book down. I wasn't expecting that at all. This is Mattie's first book and wow... it must have been incredible!!!
Dusty's Trail is a book that teaches all about the Pony Express. It begins with a young man named Levi decides to take his horse Dusty and head out looking for a new job. Dusty is less than enthused about the idea since he loves his life on the little farm. Levi decides to go for this very dangerous job and takes off in the middle night with is trusty horse Dusty.
Your child will be taken on a historical adventure that will reveal all the facts about the Pony Express as seen through the eyes of Levi and Dusty. I enjoyed seeing Hope liking to learn about this time in history without complaining.
We haven't had a chance to read through the next two books Golden Sunrise and Day and Night, but are looking forward to reading through them over our Christmas break. These books will take us through the times of Davy Crockett and The Civil War. I can't wait to read them. I know Hope is anxious to finish the series as well. We were also given a PDF of the Enrichment Guide for Day and Night that we will be completing. We have just had the opportunity to visit with our oldest daughter and her little family these past weeks and wanted to give them our undivided attention as they live so far away. I will be reviewing the next two books right after Christmas break so stay tuned :)
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