Riding Silver Star


Meet Abby. She and Star have lots of fun together. And you can share all the excitement as Abby's teacher shows her how to jump fences, takes her on a lively trail ride, and then races her back to the barn.
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Meet Abby. She and Star have lots of fun together. And you can share all the excitement as Abby's teacher shows her how to jump fences, takes her on a lively trail ride, and then races her back to the barn.
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Children's Literature - Susan Fournier
This captivating story teaches the reader about the beginning experience of riding horses through the eyes of Abby, a young girl with a horse named Silver Star. We follow Abby through some riding lessons, as she learns to jump fences and as she prepares to compete in a horse show. We learn from Abby as she grooms, feeds, and cares for Silver Star. The reader is exposed to the language of the early equestrian experience in an informative, exciting way. The beautiful photographs enhance every page of this reader friendly story. This endearing look at a girl and her horse will excite and entice young readers. Perhaps it will even lead some to read more about this delightful sport.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4Horse-crazy kids will spend hours poring over the lovely photographs in this engaging first-person account. In it, Abby demonstrates how much hard work and dedication is involved in caring for her beautiful gray gelding. She explains grooming, tacking up, and safety when riding, and even handles the less-pleasant task of cleaning her horse's stall. A knowledgeable instructor helps her improve her jumping technique, and Silver Star is also a patient and generous teacher. After a successful horse show, with a realistic second-place ribbon, Abby maturely remarks that while winning is fun, "the most fun of all is just riding Silver Star." The full-color photographs are very appealing, inviting at least a second and third look, and the text will make children feel like they are on a personal tour of the stable, participating in the action. New and lively titles are always needed on this ever-popular subject, and Cole's book is certain to be a star.Christina Linz, Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, FL
Lauren Peterson
Young horse lovers will enjoy this lively account of the adventures of Abby and her horse, Silver Star. Abby begins by describing her routines as she prepares herself and Star for a lesson. The first-person narration is simple and direct, and the accompanying full-color photos offer large close-ups of Abby grooming and saddling Star and dressing appropriately for a ride. A sequence of great action shots show Abby and Star on a trail ride with Abby's teacher, practicing jumps for an upcoming horse show, and then performing the jump at the competition. The abundant pictures and limited text make this a good choice for younger and reluctant readers, though beginners may have some difficulty with terminology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688138950
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/1996
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.35 (w) x 10.29 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Joanna Cole
Joanna Cole

Joanna Cole is the author of the popular Magic School Bus series, I'm a Big Brother, I'm a Big Sister, and many other award-winning books. In Asking About Sex & Growing Up, she provides a reassuring blend of practical guidance and scientific fact for the audience that needs it most.

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