The Old Schoolhouse® Product & Curriculum Reviews
|With so many products available we often need a little help in making our curriculum choices. The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine family understands because we are in the same boat! Do you need more information on a product before you buy? With over 5,500 products listed in 52 easy-to-use categories, much of the information you need to know is only a click away! Let our reviewer-families help yours.||
Do you want to get the word out about your product or service to the homeschool community? Email Tess Hamre and share a little about what you´d like showcased, and we can help with that!
Dobbin and the Stardust Trail Review by Heather RandallDiana Medler
Good Sound Publishing
295 Olive Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Dobbin and the Stardust Trail is a fantasy picture book about horses. In the story a little girl named Diana has a stuffed horse that she imagines riding. She dreams of riding her horse Dobbin in the heavenly pastures where horses play and dance while waiting to be chosen to appear in the dreams of children. Once chosen, they follow a stardust trail into the children's dreams. While visiting the heavenly pastures with Dobbin one night, Diana meets a horse named Sparkle who misses a little girl named Sarah, whom he often visits. Diana soon learns that Sarah is in the hospital and very sick. She and Dobbin visit the little girl in the hospital by dream. They soon find a way to bring Sparkle to little Sarah, but will this be enough to save her life?
I would say this book is for children ages 6-10. Girls might respond better to this book than boys. This story is not specifically for homeschool families and could be read to any child. I would caution parents who oppose magic and spirituality in picture books. This story refers to Dobbin's ability to touch the spirit of the sick girl, Sarah. There is a definite mystical element to the story.
I enjoyed the illustrations in Dobbin and the Stardust Trail. The horses and children are beautifully painted. The colors are rich and deep and have a great sparkling effect that captures the nighttime fantasy.
Overall, though, I did not care for this book. I'm not a huge fan of mystical elements in children's books. The concept of the horse touching the sick child's spirit was a little creepy to me. With a child in a coma and near death, the story felt heavy and sad to me. This is not a book that I'm likely to recommend.