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Backyard Horses Series: Horse Dreams / Cowboy Colt Review by Christine Hindle

By Dandi Daley Mackall
Tyndale House Publishers
351 Executive Drive
Carol Stream, IL 60188

These two books are part of a children's series about horses. Each paperback book is approximately 150 pages long. This series is for ages 8-12.

Horse Dreams, the first book of the series, introduces us to Ellie and her family and friends. Ellie has always dreamed of having a beautiful black horse, but when a scruffy Pinto comes into her life, she finds that her dreams have been altered and that God has answered her prayer in a different way than she had planned.

Cowboy Colt, the second book of the series, examines the friendship between Ellie and her best friend and next-door neighbor, Colt. Colt is acting strange, and Ellie is hurt by this. She finally discovers that Colt is struggling with his own hurt from a family situation. In this book Colt gets the horse he's always wanted--a buckskin.

Each of these books has a bonus section about sign language (Ellie's younger brother is deaf) and a glossary of horse-related terms.

My granddaughter, who falls in the correct age range, liked these books. But I, myself, LOVED these books and enjoyed reading them each in one sitting. If you have a horse lover in your house, I recommend this series for him or her!

Product review by Christine Hindle, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, October 2011