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K-Gr 2—Maggie and her horse, Bramble, are back in another beginning chapter book. With a slightly mischievous, frisky attitude in the cooler fall weather, Bramble takes risks and pretends to be fearful, while Maggie introduces her to the sights and sounds of autumn. Both grow into their partnership and maturity as Bramble overdoes her imitation of anxious jumpiness, thoughtlessly unseats her rider, and finally accepts responsibility and returns home safely. Maggie is back in the saddle again with a final chapter, taking the lead and guiding her horse through a succession of surprises on a dark night of trick-or-treating. Softly colored gouache illustrations illuminate expressions and follow the action from a variety of perspectives and have appropriate visual clues and generous white space for younger readers. Dialogue, Maggie's occasional reflections, and a bit of onomatopoeia allow the narrative text to flow nicely as a trusting relationship develops between horse and rider. A solid addition for general purchase.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX

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The narrative voice in this early chapter book is superb—direct, succinct, and easy to read for younger horse lovers, but slyly slanted conceptually to encompass both horse and human perspectives. Readers lucky enough to know a horse personally will recognize equine behavior expertly sketched, yet gently articulated as an evolving relationship... And the humorous, lightly drawn gouache illustrations of big-eyed horses and their nonplussed riders will evoke emotions familiar to anyone—adult or child—who has ever struggled to understand a mount with a mind of its own.
—The Horn Book

A fully illustrated story in four chapters, this transition book could be shelved with either beginning reader books or chapter books. Ranging in size from double-page spreads to small vignettes, the gouache paintings create a distinctive look with pleasant hues, rounded forms, and expressive faces. While enjoying the sometimes amusing insights into Bramble’s thoughts, children will empathize with Maggie’s attempts to make her new pal happy. An engaging horse story for young chapter-book readers and a good read-aloud choice as well.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 270L (What's this?)
  • Series: Bramble and Maggie
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763649554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763649555
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #953,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jessie Haas was born in Westminster, Vermont, and lives next door to the small farm where she grew up. She has written over 35 books for children and adults, including Unbroken, Chase, Runaway Radish, the Bramble and Maggie books, and Saige and Saige Paints the Sky, the books accompanying American Girl's Doll of the Year 2013, Saige. A serially monogamous horse trainer--one horse at a time, till death do us part--and a passionate reader, cook and knitter, she shares home with fellow writer Michael J. Daley, two cats, a dog, and a willful and beautiful Morgan mare named Robin.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Sandford on September 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
There are four chapters in this early reader book, ideal for young students who yearn to advance into chapter books. Every page splays a colorful illustration to engage a beginning reader's delight. Maggie wants her own horse, and the book explores the ins and outs of achieving such a pet. The story is cute and entertaining, particularly the last chapter where Bramble doesn't want to sleep in the barn alone on the first night. Sentences are compact with plenty of dialogue in the mix; the text includes italicized and capitalized words. Compound words are limited to two syllables, except for one, Bramble's owner, Mrs. Blenkinsop, which is a deft addition for a young reader's practice. I am a big fan of Jesse Haas--she writes horse stories for readers of all ages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Si&C'sMommy on December 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My six year old daughter fell in love with this book after checking it out from the library. Humorous, fun and sweet story will capture the heart of any horse lover. The pictures in the book are absolutely adorable! We ended up buying the book for as a Christmas gift for my daughter as I know this is one she will read over and over again.
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Format: Paperback
Darling illustrations decorate every page in this valuable, educational girl-and-pony story. The girl does everything right, most importantly by learning about horses, by reading a book. The pony is realistically bored with going around and around the arena during riding lessons, willful, disobedient, and scared of strange objects, yet gentle and safe.

The authenticity and plausibility of the equine's behavior are refreshing. Most valuable is the fact that the girl handles the pony in ways that reflect correct horsemanship.

At the end, when the pony kicks her stall, the girl consults her book--a valid, authoritative source, and yet not an adult who might act as a deus ex machina and take the power away from the girl. Then the girl, on her own, figures out what the problem is and solves it, all in ways that are plausible and squarely in the realm of little girls' pony dreams. This is masterful story crafting!

The reason why I recommend that an adult discuss this book with young readers is that they might think that every time a horse kicks its stall, it's a good idea do whatever it takes to make the kicking stop. However, the most common kicking scenario I've witnessed is riding-school horses kicking or banging when kids appear with treats, and kids promptly giving treats to the next horse who kicks or bangs--a very bad idea because it rewards and reinforces an unacceptable horse behavior. That horse might kick that kid through the pipe corral, or accidentally kick that kid (or some other kid) the next time it's handled. Unfortunately, there isn't always an adult around to supervise. Making sure that young readers realize that they must never feed or reward a kicking horse is vital for safety's sake.
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By Sharon Miner on November 30, 2014
Format: Paperback
Bramble is a pony at a riding school who gets tired of going round in circles while teaching lessons. So she's given up for adoption but it must be the right child. Maggie wants her first horse and she matches perfectly with Bramble.

As a riding instructor, I found this heart-warming story realistic and a fun read, sure to please youngsters wanting their own pony.

There are more books in the series. Visit the author's site at http://www.jessiehaas.com/
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By Sharol on May 30, 2014
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I got this book for my 3rd grade daughter who doesn't like reading much but she loves horses. She was so excited when she saw the book. I like the fact that the book isn't a picture book but a beginning chapter book. I am hoping this will inspire a life long love of reading in my daughter.
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Our six year old granddaughter is a 'horse lover' and the story provided a practical explanation of what's required for the care of a horse. The reading level was also perfect with a combination of familiar and challenging words for her exploration.
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By Bonnie Bethel on March 3, 2014
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This book was for my granddaughter who is just getting started with her love of horses. I read the book first and liked it. My granddaughter loved it. She is hoping to get a horse of her own like Maggie.
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Cute story. My 6 year old one is a horse lover . All the sudden. SO I am trying to find some neat books that talk or tell about a horse.
This was a positive purchase. Cute and fun story. Fun to read.
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