This elegant prose poem, illustrated with realistic watercolor paintings, tells how a blind girl, using her senses of taste, hearing, touch, and smell, enjoys a special day with her horse, Ben.
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Product dimensions:||8.81(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.14(d)|
|Age Range:||10 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Born outside Cincinnati, Ohio, Roberta Karim grew up in the country, surrounded by wooded hills, wildflowers, and horses. As a child and young adult, she had the opportunity to travel extensively, visiting 28 countries in all. She graduated from high school at the International School of Brussels in Belgium and spent her first two years of college at John Cabot International College in Rome, Italy. Coming home to reverse culture shock, Roberta graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a bachelor's degree in English Literature. She then proceeded to graduate school at Purdue University, where she earned a master's degree in English Literature and Composition. While at Purdue, Roberta taught Freshman and Remedial Composition, and English as a Second Language. At the other end of the spectrum, she has taught pre-schoolers for 8 years.
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Mandy Sue Day based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Mandy Sue and her brother younger Jeremy have both worked hard through the summer helping their parents around the farm. As a reward, during Indian summer both children are given one day each to spend doing exactly as they like with no chores. Mandy Sue spends the day with her horse grooming and riding and feeding and brushing. Although each activity is denoted by counting, smelling, tasting or touching, it isn't until the story has unfolded completely that a starling fact is revealed: Mary Sue is blind.The plot is gentle, and the text is blank verse as easy on the ear as the illustrations are on the eye. While I question the realism (and wisdom!) of a sightless person taking a solo ride through the woods on a horse, it's a lovely, beautifully illustrated story.