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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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Mr. Murry and Thumbkin

SummaryMr. Murry and Thumbkin by Karma Wilson teaches the value of friendship and a balance between work and play.  The two mice, who couldn’t be more different in their approaches to life, become fast friends and learn that there is value to the way they both live.  The illustrations are adorable as the mice even look so completely different from each other, their appearance accurately reflecting their personalies.

Pros: Great lessons on friendship and worry vs. laziness.  Superb illustrations.

Cons: I would like to have seen a more definitive change in the outlook of each of the mice as they learned from their life lessons, but I think that is inferred.

Age range: 3-9

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Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder has recently become one of my favorite books of all time.  My mom read this book to me years ago, but I certainly did not appreciate it then as much as I do now.  It is amazing how much “life experience” can change your perspective.  This book follows childhood story of Laura’s husband, Almonzo, as he grew up in New York state.  Stories about farm life, school, and church teach about life in the late 1800’s yet are remarkably applicable to children’s lives today.  Character lessons in Farmer Boy include perserverence, patience, hard work, humility, kindness, and so many more.  My girls were riveted to the story every time we picked up the book and I could hardly put the book down.  I would recommend this book to anyone to read aloud or to themselves.

☆☆☆☆☆ out of 5!

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