Thursday, April 24, 2014

Book Review:

  • Age Range: 5 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2
  • Series: Quincy the Horse Books
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Pathfinder Equine Publications (March 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981924042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981924045

Description:

In Quincy’s third adventure, Quincy and Buck, Quincy tries to overcome his fears about “surprises waiting for horses out on the trail” by going on his first trail ride. Quincy’s main concern is the wild animals he might meet but the real challenge turns out to be another horse. Buck, the horse he hopes will be his trail buddy and guide him, turns out to be a bully who is dangerous! Quincy learns some important things about dealing with a bully.

My Thoughts...

Quincy and Buck is a children's picture book that will be enjoyed by horse lovers, young and old alike. In this book in the series, Quincy has been sheltered inside his corral and is afraid to venture into the desert trail rides. He's anxious and fearful of the unknown, and of what could happen 'out there' with wild animals. Then one day his owner, Cam, takes him out to ride in the company of Cathy and her horse, Buck. Quincy is hopeful, thinking that Buck might guide him and become his mentor. Instead, Buck is a bully. Quincy not only ends up learning how to deal with bullies, but he also realizes that everybody is afraid at one point or another, and that he can be just as brave as anybody else.

This is a book with a lovely and important message. The prose is 'quiet' in tone, and beautiful, and the earthly, western-like illustrations complement the story well. Besides issues of bullying, it deals with themes of overcoming fear. I enjoyed reading this book and can whole-heartedly recommend it, especially for children who love horses. 
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1 comment:

Rosi said...

I love the cover. No horse lover will be able to pass this one by. Sounds like a good book for youngsters who need to deal with bullies. Thanks for telling me about it.