The Best Horse Ever

Overview

In this winning combination of a horse story and a friendship story, a new horse threatens to displace a best friend.

For Abby, it's a dream come true. She's finally going to have her very own horse: Griffin, a beautiful bay. Abby can't wait to ride, brush, and feed him, and doesn't understand how her best friend, Devon, could be afraid of such a wonderful horse. She certainly could not have guessed that Devon would get so mad at her for ...

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Overview

In this winning combination of a horse story and a friendship story, a new horse threatens to displace a best friend.

For Abby, it's a dream come true. She's finally going to have her very own horse: Griffin, a beautiful bay. Abby can't wait to ride, brush, and feed him, and doesn't understand how her best friend, Devon, could be afraid of such a wonderful horse. She certainly could not have guessed that Devon would get so mad at her for saying so. Yet when Griffin arrives, he does seem so awfully big and hard to handle. Can Abby learn to manage her horse and her friendship?

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—This is an enjoyable book about a young girl's experiences with her first horse. DeLaCroix skillfully interweaves two plotlines: Abby's struggle to prove to her parents that she can take care of the animal, and her efforts to maintain her relationship with her best friend despite their diverging interests. Abby soon realizes that caring for Griffin is time-consuming. She doesn't understand why her friend is afraid of him, and she doesn't appreciate Devon's interest in her cat's new kittens. With her parents' advice, Abby learns how to balance taking care of Griffin with the rest of her life and to reconcile her differences with Devon. The characters and their relationships, including Abby's connection with her younger brother, are realistically portrayed, and the story has humorous touches. The occasional full-page black-and-white line drawings are well done and assist readers who are making the transition from easier chapter books, such as the author's The Hero of Third Grade (Holiday House, 2002).—Marilyn Ackerman, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
For nine-year-old Abby, owning a horse-her OWN horse-is a certified dream come true. Griffin is steady and dependable, and Abby's ridden him in riding lessons many times. Still, taking care of him by herself proves to be a big step up from helping to care for the family's elderly small pony, Marshmallow. DeLaCroix is a dab hand at understanding issues from a third-grader's point of view, and she shows Abby's realistic struggles, joys and fears. But her pacing is uneven. The magical moment when Abby is allowed to get a horse is reduced to one passive voice line: "Griffin was to be Abby's." The conflict between Abby and her friend, Devon, who's afraid of Griffin, feels somewhat forced and incidental to the story of Abby learning to cope with her new role as horse owner. Himler's pencil illustrations are lovely, as always. Despite its small faults, its heart is true, and this book will please every hopeful, horse-loving third-grade girl who picks it up. (Fiction. 7-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823422548
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/15/2010
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 1,241,482
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 510L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 0.49 (d)

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