Genevieve (Jenny) has a deep adoration for horses and she wants nothing more than to ride in the big horse show at the end of the summer. But she and her horse, Candy Ride, need to get healthy and strong before they can compete! Jenny and her sister Trudy (along with Candy Ride) take tips from another great horse rider on how to have fun while being healthy. Soon they start eating yummy fruits and vegetables and begin taking part in some obstacle course fun to gain strength! ...
Genevieve (Jenny) has a deep adoration for horses and she wants nothing more than to ride in the big horse show at the end of the summer. But she and her horse, Candy Ride, need to get healthy and strong before they can compete! Jenny and her sister Trudy (along with Candy Ride) take tips from another great horse rider on how to have fun while being healthy. Soon they start eating yummy fruits and vegetables and begin taking part in some obstacle course fun to gain strength!
Will Jenny and Candy Ride be healthy and strong enough to win the ribbon at the horse show? Read I Believe in Genevieve to find out! Kids will love learning about how with a little determination, they can be healthy and strong while having lots of fun and accomplishing their dreams!
Craig, founder of the weight-loss program that bears her name, evangelizes for the benefits of healthy eating and exercise in this autobiographical story. Young horse lover Genevieve (Jenny for short) volunteers to work in the local stables for a chance to ride one of the horses in a training camp and summer horse show. When she observes the best rider at camp drinking water instead of soda, as well as feeding her horse healthy grains rather than sugar cubes, Jenny wants to emulate that behavior. These adopted good habits and a solid dose of support from her sister, Trudy, pay off for Jenny on the big day of competition. At times, the text strains to include information about eating and activity amid the horse show scenario, and, ironically, the sisters’ interactions tend to be sugary (“Blueberries and strawberries are what make it oh-so-good for you,” Trudy boasts of a smoothie she creates). In somewhat posed scenes, Edelson’s (Pobble’s Way) paintings depict a suburban/rural background for the proceedings. Several pages of recipes and activity tips are included. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Weight-loss guru Craig's picture book focuses on what readers can accomplish with positive thoughts and a healthy diet. Genevieve has just started riding camp, but both she and her horse, Candy Ride, are slow and out of shape from too many sweets and not enough fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. With the help of Jenny's older sister and the example of another rider at the stable, Jenny and her horse change their eating habits, add movement to their daily routine, and win a ribbon for "Most Improved" at the end-of-camp show. The story and its message are simple and direct, and the realistic paintings, though depicting modern children, add an air of nostalgia to the title. Included in the back matter are fun exercise ideas and recipes for healthy snacks. A useful purchase for supplementing units on exercise and nutrition.—Martha Link Yesowitch, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, NC
Weight-loss guru Craig offers lifestyle advice for children wrapped up in a sugary junk-food version of a pony story. Young Genevieve (who goes by Jenny) wants to swap work at a nearby stable for a chance to attend a summer riding camp. The owner accepts and offers her the use of an old horse she names Candy Ride. They both love sugared snacks, but the goodies make her and her horse feel awful, while exercise and healthy eating transform them into horse-show champions. Although the introduction features a photograph of a racehorse Craig once owned, she cuts a lot of literary corners in her representation of basic horse care--the idea that a child could alter a lesson horse's feeding plan is preposterous, as is the idea that the horses wouldn't have been appropriately fed already by the stable owner. As for the likelihood of a girl who isn't strong enough to ride lifting hay bales as a workout? Those bales weigh between 40 and 70 pounds each. Edelson's colorful watercolor illustrations likewise play fast and loose with horse anatomy and tack--some is completely impossible--and, aside from one vaguely well-tanned girl, feature only white girls as riders. Grandmas who believe in the Jenny Craig weight-loss program are the only possible market for this book. (Picture book. 5-8)
Jenny Craig is known worldwide to millions of people as the spunky, creative woman who introduced a whole new approach to healthy living and weight management. In addition to founding the renowned (and healthy) diet program named after her, she is also an avid horse lover and owns a ranch in California.