Horse Dreams

Horse Dreams

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by Dandi Daley Mackall

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Fourth-grader Ellie James has a great imagination. She spends a lot of time daydreaming of owning a black stallion show horse and winning trophies in the horse show. But when the answer to all her dreams and prayers gallops into her life, will Ellie be able to recognize it? Join Ellie and her quirky family in their exciting, horse-loving adventures.  See more details below


Fourth-grader Ellie James has a great imagination. She spends a lot of time daydreaming of owning a black stallion show horse and winning trophies in the horse show. But when the answer to all her dreams and prayers gallops into her life, will Ellie be able to recognize it? Join Ellie and her quirky family in their exciting, horse-loving adventures.

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Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date:
Backyard Horses , #1
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613 KB
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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Horse Dreams 4.5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 91 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good! A great read and good for kids 9 to 12!
hannah97 More than 1 year ago
Horse Dreams is the first book in the Backyard Horses series By Dandi Daley Mackall. This book is a great and easy read. This book is definitely written for younger readers but readers of all ages will enjoy the story and love its Christian values.
AlaskanTebowFan More than 1 year ago
"Horse Dreams" is a short, easy to read story about a young girl with a huge love for all things horses and a bigger than life dream of getting one of her own. Dandi Daley Mackall writes a sweet tale of prayer, the importance of it, and how God answers prayers. I loved that the author doesn't make prayer a "magic trick" but rather shows that God often chooses to answer our prayers in a way we don't expect or even want, but He knows is the best thing for us. A couple of other unique aspects of this book is that the main character's brother is deaf, so the author includes a lot of sign language. For instance, each chapter title is spelled out in sign language, and there's an alphabet chart at the back as well. There is also a decently expansive glossary of "Horse Talk" for those who aren't familiar with "that" language. :) I appreciated both of these things, as I love that the reader is encouraged to learn along the way. I think the book is probably perfect for the 6-12 age set, and is definitely geared that way.
Louisa_May More than 1 year ago
Backyard Horses was exactly the series I was looking for for my daughters, who love Jesus, love horses, and are in 2nd grade. Miss Mackall also wrote a series for older readers called "Winnie the Horse Gentler" and I tried that first but I'd recommend it for middle school students and up. Besides being harder to read, those books sometimes deal with harder issues that wouldn't be understandable by anyone younger than pre-teen. Backyard Horses, however, is a fairly new series and is written at around a 2nd/3rd grade reading level. Love, love, love this series! My daughters love Ellie, the heroine of the story! There are so far 4 books in the series and we started with book 1 in order to read them, well, in order. The heroine of the story, Ellie, is a sweet, oftentimes feisty, day-dreaming 4th grader. In the first book, she often day-dreamed about her own horse. She decides to do a "science" experiment... she'll "beg, cry, and pray" for a horse of her own and find out what way works best for getting horses. I don't think it's spoiling anything to say that God will answer her prayer... but in a different way than she imagined. I highly recommend this book to elementary school children. It's filled with a good story, important lessons, and a little girl who puts her hope in God. I also highly recommend Cowboy Colt, Chasing Dream, and Nightmare, the others in the series. By the way, you can earn this book for free by participating in Tyndale's Summer Reading Program through the end of August!
MistyNordyke More than 1 year ago
My daughter is an animal lover and she read the book and she wants to give this a 500 star rating !! Ellie dreams of owning a black stallion show horse and winning trophies. She does finally get a horse and its name is Dream. Is it a black stallion??? You got to read the book to find out.. Now Ellie will have a horse for next years horse show. I like this book because it is easy for children to read and has a lovely bright cover. Each chapter also teaches you in sign language how to sign the title. In the back of the book it also gives you definitions to the words used in the book and has the sign language alphabet. ** I would defiantly recommend this book for your child.** I received this book for free for being a Tyndale Book Blogger
SophiesMindset More than 1 year ago
Not your standard Christian children's book The book is an easy read, perfect for elementary school age children - especially if they love horses.  I loved the fact that the main character's little brother was deaf and that signing was a natural part of the story. I think that too often literature forgets about the deaf, blind, and other handicapped individuals who still live ... and this is even more true in a children's book. I think it's important to instill that these individuals are normal people too at a young age, and this book does that beautifully and naturally. I also liked that while the heroine isn't perfect, this isn't one of those books where she disobeys and everything still turns out right in the end. Also, this book teaches that sometimes God does answer our prayers, but in a different-than-expected way - another important lesson for children. I don't care for most children's lit (even "Christian" books), but I enjoyed this one and recommend it.
georgettegirl More than 1 year ago
I'm always looking for chapter books for my children but I'm tired of fairies, witches, and books with disrespectful children. I really loved this book and can't wait for my kids to read it! Fourth-grader Ellie loves horses and has prayed for 6 or 7 years to own a black stallion. Since she's only in 4th grade, that's almost her whole lifetime! I really liked how Ellie prayed to God about everything, like she was having a conversation with Him, checking in with Him. It showed that God is relevant, even to young children. Ellie learns a hard lesson---that God does not always give you what you want, but He'll always give you what you need---something even we adults need to learn. I didn't expect the book to be so funny; Ellie's parents were hilarious, some of the expressions her mother said made me laugh. I can't wait to share this with my kids. The only thing I'd point out to my kids is to not walk anywhere alone like Ellie did in the book; she left the horseshow, went to see her pinto, and then walked home all by herself. By that time, it was dark, too. Maybe that's okay in a town like hers but I'd just want my kids to know they should not do that. Other than that, I'd recommend this book to kids and adults.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book wondering if my 8 year old would enjoy reading it. I think it is very appropriate for 2nd grade and up, ESPECIALLY if the child is a horse lover! The book is well written and easy to read. The only reason for giving a four star instead of five is the mom character. She did not seem to fit at all with the rest of the characters in the story. Everyone else was the basic, normal person; however, the mom spoke mainly in cliches (which really became distracting and annoying). There was no explanation for WHY she may speak that way, and if there were it may have helped make it less distracting. It was almost as if her character were an afterthought. Develop the mom character just a bit more, but I still would say this is a good read with a good message for kids.
kristen4mk More than 1 year ago
Ellie James dreams *and* day dreams about her very own horse - a black stallion to show! She can't stop thinking of, praying, and begging for one, but she doesn't have one yet. It seems like everywhere she goes she sees this horse of her dreams - until one day while in school, she looks out the window and sees a 'backyard horse', a pinto who has been severely mistreated and is literally running around town after escaping from the rescue farm it was brought to. Ellie's family is awesome - her mom is a super volunteer, her dad works for a marketing company, and her younger brother Ethan, is a super athlete who happens to be deaf, so Ellie and her best friend Cole know sign language and communicate throughout the story with it. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the books in this great series!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book ever
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I an starting a horse crazy club. Type in~horse love~ result two and you will find the club there under the subject~jasmines horse club~ then give me your name age and name of your horse if you have one. And when you tell me your name write~to jasmine~ I also have a horse RPG which is a game where we are horses and we just say what we are doing~Exsamble: moonlight was grazing and she herd a noise~ and write your name at the same place as the one above.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the sample and its ok
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*kisses back* i need to get some sleep. Good night love you
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Turned a soft smile touching her lips hello
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She trots in. Actually my name is Tall Breeze. Its an indian name.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My horse is at result 11 ok
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Btw could yall put your names in the reveiw I can't see the headlines) I telk Cleo." Oh well I haven't boarded yet..." I hold the halter connected to Cinnamon in one hand and I look at Cleo and say." I can't seem to find any people in the barn except you yet....."
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Ok i guess" she smiled ."you?"
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pinkgirlLS More than 1 year ago
I read Horse Dreams aloud to my 7, 5, and 3 year old girls who like horses. I liked how the book talked about prayer and how God sometimes answers our prayers in ways we don’t expect. The story was a bit slow and the writing was just so-so. The characters really weren’t too interesting…pretty flat actually. This is not a great work of fiction, but it was a sweet story.