Eclair Meets a Gypsy

Eclair Meets a Gypsy

by M. Weidenbenner, Melody DuVal

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Vie Herlocker, author and editor, "Funny...entertaining... Éclair resembles a modern-day Junie B. Jones.

"Kid-friendly... page-turning fun... adventure with real-life challenges," said Crystal Bowman, best-selling children's book author and speaker.

Kay Kline, retired first-grade teacher, "A fun chapter book with just enough magic and reality. Adults will enjoy it too!"

Eccentric Grandma Stella is taking in boarders. Not the kind that talk, but the kind that neigh.
When seven-year-old Éclair meets the first boarder and its owner, a girl Éclair's age, the girl says her horse can read minds and will cast a spell on Éclair. Does the horse really have magic? If so, maybe the horse could make Éclair's secret wish come true.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150190924
Publisher: Random Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 12/01/2014
Series: Eclair , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 94
File size: 897 KB
Age Range: 6 - 8 Years

About the Author


Michelle is a fulltime employee of God's kingdom, writing and encouraging writers every day. She's often a sucker for emotional stories, her sensitive side fueling the passion for her character's plights, often giving her the ability to show readers the "other" side of the story.

She grew up in the burbs of Detroit with five brothers. No sisters. Each time her mom brought the boy bundle home from the hospital Michelle cried, certain her mom liked boys better than girls. But when her brothers pitched in with the cooking, cleaning, and babysitting--without drama, Michelle discovered having brothers wasn't so bad. They even taught her how to take direct criticism without flinching, which might come in handy with book reviews.

Michelle is living her dream--writing every day and thanking God for the stories He puts in her path. When Michelle isn't writing she's winning ugly on the tennis court. She's known as "Queen of the Rim Shots." No joke. It's ugly.

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Eclair Meets a Gypsy 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Charles Ashbacher for Readers' Favorite Children forced to live with a relative while their parents face a crisis are generally disoriented and are in need of friends. Many times they are also forced to move away from their known school and neighborhood and so have to adjust to a completely new environment, even when the relative provides a loving and stable home. In Eclair Meets a Gypsy by Michelle Weidenbenner, Emily Clair (Éclair) is a seven-year-old girl spending the summer with her grandmother Stella while her mother is in the hospital and her father is away at another job. While Stella is a little kooky, she is providing a stable and loving home, but there are no nearby children other than Éclair's annoying two-year-old sister Meggie.  Stella has rescued a sick horse, now named Lightning, and as so often happens, Eclair and Lightning are now BFFs. She enjoys feeding him grass from her hands. The added financial strain on Stella forces her to offer to board horses and the first respondent is a woman called Ocean Faa. Ocean has an eight-year-old daughter, Anselina, and their horse is called Gypsy. Anselina claims that Gypsy is a mind reading magic horse and at first Éclair doubts what she is being told. However, the presence of Gypsy and some of the things she does astound Éclair. Suddenly, all things start looking better for Éclair and her positive outlook on life is restored. Now having a human playmate also helps Éclair enjoy life once again.   As a farm boy I have been around large farm animals (no horses) and also know people that loved being around horses. When you are with animals there is a peace and tranquility that someone who has not experienced it can't understand. They develop personalities and they sometimes seem to anticipate what you are going to do. Therefore, the premise of this delightful story is plausible to me, even if the magic is internal rather than emanating from a horse. This is a story that all children that have to spend time in an unfamiliar  environment due to difficult circumstances will appreciate and understand. The author does an excellent job in creating the context for the story so that the reader understands the difficulties Éclair is facing. As the story moves forward and things start to improve for Éclair, the reader  will understand that things do get better, sometimes when we interact with  people and other times when we work with animals.
KimberlyWestrope More than 1 year ago
This is a sweet and endearing story of a young girl who goes to stay with her grandmother while her mom is in the hospital. While there, she meets another little girl and her horse. There is a wee bit of mystery and intrigue, building of friendships, and whole lot of fun at Grandma's house. This is a lovely story for young readers, especially young ladies who love horses. They will love Eclair and want to read this one again and again (or have it read to them.
RaeZRyans More than 1 year ago
An adorable story that combines the innocence of childhood magic with real life challenges. Éclair is the main character of this series, and she's a curious girl, who loves her family but is staying with her grandmother, on her farm for the summer, while her mother is getting better and her father searches for a job. It's during this adjustment to life that she meets Gypsy, a magical horse, and a new friend. The innocence of the story—dealing with temporary separation from her family—is a real life issue for children. But Éclair Meets Gypsy shows children that adventure and fun doesn't have to stop, while reinforcing the simple childhood curiosities most of us adults can recall having. The writing style is perfect for young readers and the story engages readers of all ages. It's perfect for young girls entering into chapter books. The words are easy, and the presentation aligns with a younger audience (short chapters and paragraphs), but it still challenges the mind by igniting the imagination. My daughter and I can't wait to read more.