Robin is a great book for both girls and boys. In a nutshell, it's about a young rider who has a terrible riding accident and the friends and special horse who help her overcome her fears. We love the way it accurately portrays the responsibilities involved in caring for a horse, as well as the lessons we all learn in life with making not so right choices, and learning from our mistakes. Our Family Testers found the book to be a wonderful display of excellent educational values...should be in all libraries and homes. --Jodie Lynn, CEO of Parent to Parent
The emotionally perceptive plot is creatively built around the fascinating details of horses, which gives the story an additional layer of interest. The characters are shown grooming, riding and showing horses, all of which actively engages the minds of readers. This information is presented in a practical, down-to-earth manner, as it both instructs and inspires. It was wonderfully refreshing to see the young people in the book showing tender care to these magnificent animals. The author is to be commended for writing a story that captivates readers with an exciting adventure while appealing to both their emotions and intellect. --Curled Up With A Good Kid's Book
This mid-grade young ladies' horse novel uses a mixture of horse and human personality types to tell the story of Karen, a girl who is badly injured by an uncontrollable horse that runs away and throws her off in the path of a car. The rest of the story chronicles how through the help of parents, true friends, and a lovable horse she eventually regains her confidence and love of riding. The author uses just the right amount of horse terms and horse events without becoming too technical. As the characters go about their interactions with their horses, the reader's own equine education is reinforced by the characters' actions and their horses' responses. She uses plenty of conflict on many levels and a string of obstacles and the characters' solutions to craft a very interesting story with a quick pace. We rated this book five hearts. --Bob Spear, Heartland Reviews
About the Author
Ellen Feld is an IRA/Children's Choices winner (twice) who began writing about horses more than 20 years ago. At first she wrote for small, regional magazines, but within a few short years, her work began to appear regularly in large, national publications. In 2001, while waiting for her next assignment, Ms. Feld wrote a short story about a Morgan Horse. That tale became the first chapter of Blackjack: Dreaming of a Morgan Horse. The book went on to win a coveted Children s Choices award, an honor bestowed jointly by the International Reading Association and the Children s Book Council. To date, Ms. Feld has authored nine horse books, including seven in the Morgan Horse series. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two children, ten horses, and assorted other pets.