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Horse Crazy 1: The Silver Horse Switch Paperback – January 28, 2009
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Roland Harvey is an award-winning illustrator living in Australia.
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This book is a little more realistic than most fictional early chapter books; there are no fairies or princesses. The magic in Horse Crazy is just the sort of magic that real kids hope for--a wild animal who wants to be their pet and ends up being a brave hero. Currawong Creek is a warm little town where everyone knows each other, quirks and all. Almost every page in the book has a whimsical watercolor painting that really adds life and humor to the story.
I wouldn't say this is an "earliest" chapter book. Despite the fact that the book is short and has plenty of pictures, there are many characters, and sometimes the author jumps from one setting to another or hints at what's happening instead of saying it plainly. Kids who are focused on carefully decoding words would feel totally lost. The second chapter introduces a number of horses who never enter this story at any other time, which is confusing even for me.
Overall, this is a delightful little book. I will be buying the other books in the series for my kids. Both my son and daughter are enjoying this book--I'm reading it aloud to them a few chapters at a time.
While this book looks like it would be an early chapter book -- it's short and and has lots of pictures -- the language is advanced and would probably frustrate young readers. In addition, the story is confusing in places as well as it switches from the children to the horses. The story itself is actually kind of slow with a lot of descriptions about various horses. I think it would appeal only to really diehard horse-loving girls. For me, the best part of the book were the beautiful illustrations.
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Two friends, Bonnie and Samantha, love horses. They know all the horses in Currawong Creek. It is their familiarity with the different personalities and manners of these horses that help them figure out that the horse Sam's father uses for his police work has traded places with another brumby mare that is the same color and size.
Roland Harvey's watercolor and ink illustrations take this story to the next level. Countless tiny, humorous details of life in Currawong Creek are depicted and invite the reader to study the pages closely. The characters and horses are expressive and full of life. The illustrations will beautifully support early readers who are just discovering the pleasures of "chapter books."
Alison Lester has provided a little glossary of Australian terms so 'yanks' will understand expressions like "double-dinking" and "brumby" -- just in case it is not clear within the context of the story.
A very 'jolly' little series to be sure!
Our five year old who is an avid reader gave it so-so reviews. She loves the "Magic Treehouse" series, more fantastic, but less pictures. I think "Horse Crazy" may be a more difficult read and doesn't capture her interest readily. Of course, each child learns to read at different rates and with different interests.
The gentle story fits elementary school levels, averaging, I would say between Grades 2-5. My wife and I like it; it's a small book with about 60 some pages; a cute map on the inside front cover shows and names the horses and gives the lay of the land; the author provides a short lexicon of Australian words at the back. There's a handful of sequels. Also, try Lester's, "Are We There Yet?"
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From my 9-year-old daughter:
This book was good I would recommend it too people who
Ride horses!!!!!!! I love this book very much so should you!!
Nice cover photo and good story. Wish you could have bought all the books in a box set but still a nice gift.Published on November 21, 2013 by Donna Cederstrand
While I too acknowledge that this book was a little confusing in the beginning for my 7 year old, she really enjoyed it. Read morePublished on September 21, 2012 by Megan in North Georgia
My grandaughter (5) and I read this on my kindle in one afternoon. She kept saying "let's read more Nana". Read morePublished on July 18, 2012 by Carol Houseman
I liked this book. The plot and characters are fun. Bonnie and Sam were characters that the children I read the book to could relate to easily. Read morePublished on February 24, 2010 by L. MB
A great little book with value between the pages. Young readers will enjoy this story and all the others in the Horse Crazy series. Read morePublished on January 18, 2010 by Caroleinwv
Got this for my little niece but some how she thinks it was simply ok. To put it in her words the main characters were far too obsessed with horses.Published on January 3, 2010 by Martial Arts Damsel
The recipe: girls and horses. It seems to be a successful recipe in that our own experience with dressage, western riding, and all things horse, the girls all just seem enthralled... Read morePublished on December 22, 2009 by stinhoutx
Anytime my children are engaged in a story long enough that takes them away from the nothingness of electronic games, I have to strongly recommend it. Read morePublished on December 20, 2009 by Christina Boyd