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My daughter Hope was 6 years old when she became very fascinated with horses. We would take her to friend's farms to pet and ride them on occasion and her little face would just light up. Now she is 12 and still very much interested in horses and we hope one day we will be able to get her one. When we were chosen for this review, she was so excited. She loves learning about horses and their history. History on Horseback: The Early Years from Sonrise Stable Books is a great book for students who love horses, even those who don't love history like Hope.
When the package arrived Hope was eager to open it. There was the cutest little horse sticker on the outside that made it even more intriguing to open. The book itself is a softcover, but very durable. Hope has been taking it with her outside to read every day and it is holding up very well. There are 53 short chapters that are easy to read. The book is filled with black and white photos to go along with each chapter. At the end of this book, you will get a sneak peek into the second book as well.
History on Horseback: The Early Years begins with the year 1493 and goes to 1866. It begins with the horses' arrival in America and ends with how they were used in the Civil War. This book does a wonderful job of teaching history through the times while riding on horseback. The writer wants your child to discover little gold nuggets of history as they dig through stories of how horses were right alongside their owners as history unfolds. A very unique way of telling these amazing history lessons. This non-fiction book is a good fit for ages 12 and up.
Hope just finished her US History book, so this book arrived at a perfect time to fill in her History lessons for the rest of the year. She has been reading a few chapters a week since we got it and I have to say, she hasn't complained once. This is huge for her since she usually doesn't care for History lessons at all. She is an artist and would rather be drawing and painting instead of reading about past events.
I asked Hope what her favorite story has been so far and she said it was the one on Fighting for Independence. This story is about the horse who belonged to George Washington during the American Revolution. His horse's name was Nelson and rode with him for many years. In this chapter, she learned how the horses helped the men to fight the battles by carrying supplies. She said she saw how much courage it took to fight these battles. Both the men and horses saw many things that no one should see, but together they made it through.
Do you have a student who loves horses or history or both? This would be a great resource to have in your homeschooling library. I know Hope is enjoying every chapter and is wanting me to purchase Volumes 2 and 3 when they arrive on Sonrise Stables' website sometime this year and next.
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