Thursday, June 26, 2014

Maddie's Dream by Catherine Hapka

This is a new series:  Marguerite Henry's Ponies of Chincoteague.  I'll never forget the story of Misty, so I had to see how Ms. Hapka handled this new series.  She does a very good job!

Alladin and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 8th, and has been written for ages 8-12.  

Maddie is taking riding lessons and has a favorite pony.  Cloudy was not treated or trained well and it takes some work to turn her into a good riding horse for lessons.  Maddie is patient and kind, and she and Cloudy are good friends as well as riding companions.  She loves riding, but she also plays soccer.

Her first problem is that there an opportunity to get on a competitive team for special exhibit games, her parents are all excited.  She didn't mind until she found out it would take her out of town and she'd miss a lot of riding days.  She tries to get out of competing, but her parents aren't listening.

Then comes the big, big problem.  The family that sold Cloudy is thinking about buying her back again.  Maddie can't give up her up!  But how can she save her?

Maddie's antics will make your young one smile.  It's a sweet story with a happy ending.  And the best part?  There will be more stories about these ponies!

Happy reading.

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