The Circus Horse: Horse Crazy Book 2

The Circus Horse: Horse Crazy Book 2

by Roland Harvey, Alison Lester
     
 

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In the second volume of this charming series, friends Bonnie and Sam are determined to win the local talent contest. And they know that learning to do trick riding on horseback will secure victory. When the girls pick a real-live horse to practice on, all bets are off. The excitement will keep young readers turning pages, as Bonnie and Sam discover that some things… See more details below

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In the second volume of this charming series, friends Bonnie and Sam are determined to win the local talent contest. And they know that learning to do trick riding on horseback will secure victory. When the girls pick a real-live horse to practice on, all bets are off. The excitement will keep young readers turning pages, as Bonnie and Sam discover that some things are even better than winning.

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Children's Literature - Joyce Rice
Bonnie and Sam have finished with school for another year and looking forward to the summer. Celebrating the end of school with their traditional popsicle at the milk bar, they read the posters in the window that serves as the community bulletin board. Anyone could post a notice on the window if they need to find a home for a puppy or sell a car or even get a ride to the doctor. This Friday the window is filled with notices, but two in particular catch the girls' attention. One is the notice about a circus that is coming to town in two weeks. The other is about a Talent Night that the Fire Department sponsors every year. First prize would be a video camera and the girls decide that they have to find something they are really good at in order to enter and win the contest. Bonnie and Sam both love horses and even though the horses in Bonnie and Sam's neighborhood are well looked after by their owners, the girls still like to stop by and check on the animals whenever they can. One of their favorite horses is Tricky, who was owned by a boy in their class named Michael. Michael rides Tricky in competitions, so he spends a lot of time training with him. But when they are not training, Michael ignores his horse. So Bonnie and Sam would stop by after school and brush him, feed him, and refill his water trough. When Bonnie, Sam, Michael, and Tricky cross paths, fun ensues as the girls make an attempt to win the Talent Competition and learn some pretty amazing tricks along the way. This is number two in the "Horse Crazy" series. Reviewer: Joyce Rice
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4–Set in a small town in the Australian bush, these books introduce best friends Bonnie and Samantha and their shared adventures and passion for horses. In Switch, a farm horse belonging to Sam’s father and a wild horse, or brumby, mysteriously switch places–and only Bon and Sam discover the truth. After Sam’s policeman father unexpectedly mounts the newly domesticated animal to gallop off and rescue a toddler from an oncoming train, Sam divulges the horse’s true identity, but he doesn’t believe her. One year later, the girls encounter the former farm horse in the bush, happily acclimated with the brumbies. In Circus Horse, Bon, having practiced some trick riding for the local talent show, secretly takes the place of an injured rider in a visiting circus. She manages to turn her near fall into a clownlike part of the act, much to the enjoyment of the unsuspecting audience. While both plots in these short chapter books require some suspension of disbelief, overall they are an engaging window into rural life Down Under and the friendship of two enviably independent girls who are knowledgeable, skilled riders. Lighthearted ink and watercolor illustrations charmingly convey the Aussie terrain and the cast of human and equine characters. However, some of the more finely detailed drawings and small-font captions could be visually challenging for some young eyes. A short glossary of unfamiliar terms is a vital addition for American readers. Additional purchases where there is strong interest in horse stories for newly fluent readers.–Kathleen Finn, St. Francis Xavier School, Winooski, VT

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452111377
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
11/18/2011
Series:
Horse Crazy , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
783,640
File size:
7 MB
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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