This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!
Tori is super-excited to spend the summer at Gran's ranch--where there are lots of beautiful ponies! But she is NOT excited to share a room with her younger sister, Miranda. Miranda likes everything pink, and she loves puppies. Tori does not like pink, and she loves ponies. Tori soon falls in love with a rowdy pony named Jewel and she wants to ride her. But Gran says that Jewel is TOO rowdy. Will Tori and Jewel ever get to ride together? And when one of the ranch's puppies goes missing, can Miranda and Tori find the puppy and bring him back home?
About the Author
D.L. Green is the author of the children's book series Zeke Meeks and Supernatural Rubber Chicken. She has also published five young adult novels with Penguin. She lives in Southern California and used to work as a lawyer. She loves giving writing workshops and talks at schools, libraries, and conferences for students, teachers, and writers.
Emily Wallis is an illustrator based in Brighton, UK. Her work is traditionally hand-drawn, either with watercolor and pencil, or pen and ink. Emily earned an MA in Sequential Design and Illustration from the University of Brighton. SILVER PONY RANCH is the first early chapter book series she has illustrated.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Sparkling Jewel: A Branches Book (Silver Pony Ranch #1) based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This is a wonderful book for young readers. It has ponies and puppies and plenty of page turning adventure. The eight and nine year old sisters even learn a lesson about why sharing a room at grandma's might not be so terrible after all. The language is perfect for young people just gaining independence with chapter books. The illustrations are beautiful and really add to the appeal. I heartily recommend this book. It's the first in a series, and I can only imagine little girls eagerly yearning for the remaining books in the series. I hope the author writes many more!
This was a cute story, but I had some problems with it being inconsistent with the illustrations. The dog is referred to as a collie, but looks nothing like one. It looks more like Benji in my opinion. Every time the dog is mentioned, which was fairly often, this bothered me more and more. I did enjoy the story about Tori and Jewel though. Tori is in love with the pony, but has to earn the privilege of riding the feisty pony. Tori and her sister have a few incidents while at Gran's ranch, but they do their best to pitch in and help out. A cute story, but it needed just a little more work. *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*