HORSE GENTLER IN TRAINING

28 09 2018

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Now younger readers can saddle up and join Winnie and her family at the Willis Wyoming Ranch!
Winnie is the star of the bestselling Winnie the Horse Gentler series that sold more than half a million copies and taught kids around the world about faith, kindness, and horse training. Winnie could ride horses before she could walk, but training them is another story. In this new series, eight-year-old Winnie learns the fine art of horse gentling from her horse wrangler mom as they work together to save the family ranch.

When Winnie’s snobby classmate threatens to stop boarding his champion thoroughbred Princess at the Willis family ranch, Winnie has to come up with a tricky solution to convince him to let her stay. She learns that with God, all things are possible!

This is a very good book.  This will definitely be a Christmas gift to my grand-daughter.  Having not read any of the other books in this series, it was still easy to get into.

You really feel for Winnie.  She loves horses and wants to be like her mother who gentles them.  Mr. Green and his son, Austin, own Princess, who is from a racing line.  Princess is in need of gentling, but Austin wants to ride.  He has no desire to do anything of the preliminaries to becomes friends with Princess.  That’s where Winnie comes in.  She becomes friends with Princess, and the two come to trust one other.  To keep the ranch going, they have to keep Princess around.  Well, I’m not going to tell you the rest of the story.  You need to read all about it to see how this comes out.

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Dandi Daley Mackall is the award-winning author of over 450 books for children and adults. She visits countless schools, conducts writing assemblies and workshops across the United States, and presents keynote addresses at conferences and young author events. She is also a frequent guest on radio talk shows and has made dozens of appearances on TV. She has won several awards for her writing, including the Helen Keating Ott Award for Contributions to Children’s Literature, the Edgar Award, and a two-time Mom’s Choice Award winner. Dandi writes from rural Ohio, where she lives with her husband, Joe, their three children, and their horses, dogs, and cats.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers for this review.

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THE PUSH

12 03 2018

the push cover

When Marcus moved next door to John, they knew instantly they’d be friends. Now John and Marcus do almost everything together. They go on lots of adventures, with Marcus pushing John’s wheelchair and John fueling their escapades with jokes. Through their friendship, the boys discover that their unique gifts make them stronger together.

Based on the friendship of real-life best friends Patrick Gray and Justin Skeesuck, The Push teaches kids that people of all abilities have important roles to play and that we’re all better together than we are on our own.

This is a very enjoyable book about friendship.  We have a tendency to look at the outside…what that person looks like.  But these two boys saw something on the inside of each.  One in a wheelchair; one not.  But their strengths and weaknesses complimented each other.  The best part of this book was how the one boy helped his wheelchair-bound friend go places he normally would not have been able to.  Also, with this being based on the lives of the writer and the illustrator made this book that much better.

Patrick Gray

Patrick Gray has always had a love for writing.  Patrick spent time as a biologist, a construction worker, a high school teacher, a nurse, and a hospital service line director.  He now works with his best friend, Illustrator Justin Skeesuck at Push, Inc., where they help people overcome limitations in their lives.  Patrick lives in Idaho with his wife, Donna, and their three children.

Justin Skeesuck

John Skeesuck has enjoyed a successful career as a graphic designer for many years.  When a progressive neuromuscular disease robbed him of the use of his hands, he had to change course with his career.  Justin lives in Idaho with his wife, Kirstin, and their three children.

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review.