Laura Loves Horses

Laura Loves Horses

by Joan Hewett

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School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-- Horse lovers who yearn to meet the real thing will be attracted by this photo essay. They will envy eight-year-old Laura, who spends her days riding a series of appealing horses. Because her father works at a Malibu stable, she canters through meadows, splashes in the creek and ocean, and competes in a posh horse show. The full-color photographs and simple narrative portray a series of episodes similar to Sonberg's A Horse Named Paris (Bradbury, 1986) and Krementz' A Very Young Rider (Knopf, 1977). Unlike these titles, though, Laura's story concentrates on action scenes. Readers will admire her riding and the well-bred horses, but the text disappoints with its stilted phrasing. The photos aren't always synchronized with the text and, for the most part, capture movement and landscapes rather than details of the horses. (Purists will notice how Laura fails to wear her protective helmet consistently and uses a Western bit with her English bridle.) The result is a portrayal better titled Laura Loves Riding , with the focus on the action rather than a relationship between a girl and her horse. --Charlene Strickland, formerly at Albuquerque Pub . Lib ., NM

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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7 - 10 Years

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