From School Library Journal
Grade 2-5-Evening Shinerock, 13, tells of her life in New England and her pony, Lightning. Children meet her family, see her mother teaching riding, watch the family's move to New Hampshire, and, in the process, learn some of what is involved in owning a horse. This is more like a journey through a photo album than a focused presentation of horseback riding. The friendly, casual tone of the text is reflected in the black-and-white and color photographs. While the chatty, meandering approach to the topic is reader-friendly, children wanting detailed information about horses will have to look elsewhere. Several pictures show youngsters riding without hard hats, which violates a basic safety measure most schools insist upon. This seems to be a somewhat scaled down, updated relative of Jill Krementz's A Very Young Rider (Knopf, 1977; o.p.). It's a good alternative for less able readers.Louise L. Sherman, Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ
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Gr. 3-6. Eve Shinerock, a very likable 13-year-old, is the narrator of this new entry in the Young Dreamers series. Eve talks about her family and friends, and expresses her feelings about moving when her father accepts a teaching position in another state. But Eve's passion is riding her horse, Lightning, whom she has had since she was five. Much of the book relates Eve's past riding experiences and competitions, and the special relationship she has with Lightning. There are also many good tips on riding, which Eve has picked up over the years from her mother, a riding instructor. Feldman documents Eve's story with her own high-quality black-and-white and color photos, and a few from Eve's family's personal collection. A must for young riding enthusiasts, this engaging story will find a large audience among middle-grade girls, even if they are not passionate about riding. REVWRCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved