Bramble and Maggie Give and Take

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Maggie and her mischievous horse, Bramble, are back for another spirited romp through the ins and outs of friendship.

Maggie loves introducing her new horse, Bramble, to the neighborhood, the beach, and the backyard. Bramble has fun too, once she is cajoled into participating by a well-timed carrot or two. But when Maggie has to go to school, Bramble is bored and lonely and gets into some trouble with Mr. Dingle next door. A misbehaving hen and a midnight visitor finally help to...

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Overview

Maggie and her mischievous horse, Bramble, are back for another spirited romp through the ins and outs of friendship.

Maggie loves introducing her new horse, Bramble, to the neighborhood, the beach, and the backyard. Bramble has fun too, once she is cajoled into participating by a well-timed carrot or two. But when Maggie has to go to school, Bramble is bored and lonely and gets into some trouble with Mr. Dingle next door. A misbehaving hen and a midnight visitor finally help to turn Bramble into a good neighbor. This charming and funny early reader flows at just the right pace for kids who are learning that others don’t always do exactly what you want, but that friends find a way to give and take.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Bramble and Maggie return in this delightful tale about a girl and her horse. In soft gouache tones, the natural colors depict life on a farm, at the beach, and in the backyard where Maggie introduces Bramble to new places in their neighborhood. The illustrations provide support to the text, chapters are concise, and the narrative is developed well for comprehension and reading fluency. Maggie learns that by offering her horse a carrot, it is much easier to get her bridle on. Bramble is unhappy when Maggie and her family leave for the day and there is no one to apply bug spray or to keep her company. It is only when she ambles over to Mr. Dingle's fence and starts eating the neighbor's roses that she meets his hen and things start to change for her. The horse discovers that the hen eats all the bugs nearby, and she uses Bramble's back for a perch so the animals are much happier together. Full spreads and realistic artwork convey the characters' emotions well, helping emerging readers understand that friendships are often about give-and-take. Equine fans and those ready to progress to more substantial plots will enjoy this early reader.—Melissa Smith, Royal Oak Public Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews
This delightful first chapter book improves upon its predecessor (Bramble and Maggie, 2012) from the same author/illustrator pair. Bramble, an opinionated mare, isn't about to be taken advantage of. For instance, she knows all about rides: "The rider sat in the saddle. The horse did all the hard work." Young Maggie, as always, has Bramble's number, and with a little judicious bribery (give-and-take, thinks Bramble), they are soon having adventures together, Maggie in the saddle, Bramble content. But with Maggie at school and her parents working all day, Bramble feels lonely. She copes by harassing their neighbor, Mr. Dingle, whose beloved garden is threatened both by Bramble and by his own recalcitrant hen. Mr. Dingle thinks he has a solution--revealed only in the illustrations--and with a little more give-and-take, everyone is happy. Haas combines realistic horse adventures and grade school pony love like no one else. Bramble is sassy but never scary; Maggie persistent and cheerful, but not all-knowing. Friend's enticing gouache illustrations appear on every page, a help to children just moving into longer books. Young readers will eat it up. (Fiction. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763650216
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 4/23/2013
  • Pages: 56
  • Sales rank: 629,904
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 290L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jessie Haas has always loved horses and has written more than twenty-five books, most of them about horses, including the first story about Bramble and Maggie. She says, "Animals tell us what they need and expect. My horse, Robin, expects good food on time, and she expects me to keep life interesting. She sure keeps life interesting for me!" Jessie Haas lives in Vermont.

Alison Friend is the illustrator of several children’s books, including Scrawny Cat, What Color Is Caesar?, and the first Bramble and Maggie story. She also illustrates and designs greeting cards. She lives in South Yorkshire, England.

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  • Posted May 10, 2013

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    Bramble at first seemed a little stubborn but he figured out the

    Bramble at first seemed a little stubborn but he figured out the if he and Maggie tried a little give and take they would be able to get along a lot better.  One incident was he would not allow Maggie to put the halter on him but when she gave him a carrot he figured he would let her put the halter on him.  Give and Take.

    When Maggie had to go to school Bramble seemed lonely and a neighbor suggested he needed a friend to keep him company.  At first Bramble thought this to be a bad idea since the company was a chicken.  Then to Bramble's surprise, and with a little give and take they might learn to enjoy each others company.  

    The author teaches us that with a little give and take a bad situation can turn into something doable.  She also gives you a realistic look at the responsibility of caring for horse.  I look forward to reading more of this series. 

    If a toddler looked through the book the illustrations would tell the story. But it is so much fun to have someone read the book or better yet read it yourself. 

    I highly recommend this book.

    Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book from Candlewick Press for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review. This review is my honest opinion.

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