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Bonny’s Big Day by James Herriot

Bonny’s Big Day by James Herriot colorfully tells the story of a work horse who has long been retired and left to graze in a pasture.  When the veterinarian-author visits the farm, he suggests to the disheveled owner that he enter the well-loved horse into the pet show at an upcoming fair.  The older man resists, insisting that the large animal is not a pet, but shows up at the event with the amazing horse well-groomed and decorated.  After being judged against many smaller, adorable animals, the magnificent horse is awarded first prize then returned to her grassy home to live out her days.

Pros:  A gentle-reading story that can help children to see that people and animals may be diamonds in the rough.

Cons: If you don’t have and don’t want a pet, I wouldn’t read this book to a child, as this book will encourage them to desire an animal to love.

Age Range: 3-8

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Blaze and Thunderbolt by C.W. Anderson

Summary:  Blaze and Thunderbolt from the Billy and Blaze series by C.W. Anderson has long been one of my favorite books.  What little girl doesn’t like a horse story? What little boy doesn’t like a cowboy story?  Billy and Blaze befriend Thunderbolt, the last of the wild horses, while vacationing on a ranch in the West.  From the first time Billy sees Thunderbolt escaping from cowboys who are trying to capture him until he is finally able to ride the horse and call him his own, the boy is intrigued by the magnificent animal.

Pros: Throughout the story Billy learns the importance of perseverance and gentleness as he befriends this wild horse.

Cons: Since we live in town, I hope my children don’t get the idea that they will get a horse for a pet.

Age Range: 3-8

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Stella, Unleashed by Linda Ashman

Summary:  Stella, Unleashed was the first book we have read by Linda Ashman.  One- to two-paged poems from the perspective of the dog, Stella, make up this book.  From the picture on the cover, I expected a cutesy story appropriate for a toddler or preschooler.  I would say, though, that this book would be better understood by late-preschoolers to early elementary children.  The vocabulary stretched the understanding of my 4 year-old.  Some concepts, such as pet adoption and pet grooming, were unfamiliar to her and led to extensive conversations (which, is great!)  While a more tedious book to read than had I expected, it was fun over-all, making me want to find more books by this author in the future.

Pros: Teaching points: vocabulary, rhyming, pet-related concepts

Cons: A bit more mature than I had expected.   A bit choppy as there are different poems in each page.

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Age Range: 4-9

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