Sam's Ride

Sam's Ride

by Becky Citra, Amy Meissner
     
 

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Horses, cowboy boots and thunderstorms—Sam's in for an adventure on the ranch!See more details below

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Horses, cowboy boots and thunderstorms—Sam's in for an adventure on the ranch!

Editorial Reviews

Tacoma School District #10
"Filled with chapter headings, sketches, and a simple storyline. A great addition for an emerging reader!"
Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media
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Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
Sam has never spent much time with his grandfather and is devastated when his mother leaves him at his grandfather's ranch while she is away at a two-week conference. Sam does not like Grandpa's rules, but he is secretly happy when he is given the cowboy boots and hat worn by his dad when he was a boy. Sam approaches riding Bolt, the horse Grandpa had chosen for him, with trepidation, but his dread turns to an unexpected calm when riding is not the challenge he had feared. After an accidental fall from the horse, however, Sam vows never to ride again. When a fallen tree limb injures his Grandpa after a storm, Sam abandons his promise and races Bolt without restrain in search of help. With his grandfather safe and his own confidence at a high, Sam settles in to enjoy his remaining days at the ranch. The plot is slight and predictable, but it moves at a good pace. Combine that with its short length, and you have a good choice for a reluctant reader. The pencil sketches are adequate and provide an excellent break for young readers who can sometimes be overwhelmed with an all-text book. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554691609
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
11/01/2009
Series:
Orca Echoes Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
510L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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Bolt burst into a trot. Sam's heart jumped down his throat. Up and down, up and down, he bounced in the saddle. His feet flew out of the stirrups. The fence and then barn and Grandpa flashed by.

"Whoa!" yelled Sam. "Whoa!"

Grandpa stepped in front of Bolt. He grabbed the reins and pulled Bolt to a stop.

Sam took a huge breath. "I'm getting off!" he said.

He slid off the horse. It was a long way to the ground. His legs wobbled. He thought Grandpa would be disgusted with him.

But Grandpa looked pleased.

"Not bad for your first time," he said.

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