Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

by Susa Hammerle, Kyrima Trapp
     
 

Rebecca is so excited. Her fondest wish has finally come true! For her birthday, she got a gift certificate for riding lessons. There are so many horses at the stable—"big ones and small ones, brown ones and white ones, and there's the most delicious smell of hay! After Lucy, her riding teacher, has shown her how to saddle a horse, the big moment arrives and

Overview

Rebecca is so excited. Her fondest wish has finally come true! For her birthday, she got a gift certificate for riding lessons. There are so many horses at the stable—"big ones and small ones, brown ones and white ones, and there's the most delicious smell of hay! After Lucy, her riding teacher, has shown her how to saddle a horse, the big moment arrives and Rebecca gets a boost into the saddle. Join Rebecca at the stable as she learns all about riding and horses!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth D. Schafer
Fascinated by horses, Rebecca happily receives riding lessons as a birthday gift. Rebecca, her mother, and younger brother Jack arrive at the stable where Rebecca, clad in appropriate riding gear and safety helmet, boldly envisions racing away on a large horse. They meet Rebecca's instructor, Lucy, who introduces Rebecca to a spotted pony named Connie. They saddle the pony and head to a small riding ring. While Connie, connected to a lunge line, moves around Lucy in circles, Rebecca becomes accustomed to Connie's movement, moving her legs and arms for balance according to Lucy's instructions. Intrigued, Rebecca watches a girl named Fiona performing acrobatics atop a horse in the adjacent ring. Bright illustrations depict grooming tools, horse anatomy, breeds, and colors. Safety tips are included in the text. Horse enthusiasts will probably enjoy this story despite several inconsistencies. Although they were warned not to get close to Connie's flanks, an illustration shows Rebecca's mother and brother walking near the pony's tail. Illustrations depict an English saddle with a western style horn. Rebecca only grooms Connie after riding and not before saddling the pony as she also should. Young equestrians will find more complete information in Helen Edom's early reader, Starting Riding (1992). Pair with Jessie Haas' horse stories, especially Birthday Pony (2004).
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Rebecca gets her birthday wish when her parents give her riding lessons. The first one is a huge success: she learns how to mount, rides in circles in the ring while the instructor holds the lunge line, and even grooms the gentle pony. Her brother provides some drama when he tosses a carrot in front of Connie, whose abrupt halt to retrieve it almost lands Rebecca on the ground. The story incorporates accurate, although not detailed, information, presented in a pleasing way. Back matter includes additional material about the color of horses, body parts, and different breeds. The colorful illustrations portray a cheerful family, and all of the characters from the pony to the instructor are expressive. Rebecca's room is a delight with its horse pictures, decorations, and books.-Carol Schene, formerly at Taunton Public Schools, MA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780735820937
Publisher:
North-South Books, Inc.
Publication date:
08/28/2006
Series:
Let's Try Series
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
9.68(w) x 10.26(h) x 0.24(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Susa Hammerle lives with her three children near Vienna. She has been a freelance writer since 1990. She writes books and stories for children, as well as songs, poetry and magazine articles. She is also the author of two other "Let's Try" books: Soccer and Horseback Riding.

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