Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Circle C Stepping Stones book series

Do you have any young girls in  your life, around age 7-10?  I have a series to share with you that you should consider sharing with your young reader. (Boys would probably like the stories as well.)  I have read two books from the Circle C Stepping Stones series by Susan Marlow.  Let me tell you about them.

About the book:
Andi Carter has just turned nine. She and her palomino, Taffy, are old enough to be a real horse-and-rider pair at last! With a beautiful new saddle, Andi's sure she is ready to learn to trick ride like her friend Riley used to do before he left the ranch.

Sadly, big brother Chad knocks down any trick-riding plans, but Andi cheers up when she discovers a new friend at her special spot. Her fun with Sadie is soon threatened, though. They are caught in the middle of a boundary quarrel between the two families. Both Sadie's pa and Chad are stubborn as mules and neither will back down. Can Andi and Sadie hang on to their friendship while the adults are fighting?

My thoughts:
I quickly knew I was going to like this series as I began reading Andi Saddles Up.  Andi is a fun little girl who likes adventure and fun on her family's ranch.  I like that she is portrayed as a normal little girl who is not perfect and messes up.  She gets aggravated at her brothers and doesn't always obey.  In this book I liked the friendship that formed between Andi and Sadie.....a good lesson for kids and adults.    

The second book I read was Andi Under the Big Top.

About the book:
The summer after Andi Carter turns nine the circus comes to town. She can't wait to get in line to see the elephants, acrobats, and--most of all--the champion bareback rider. What could be more thrilling than riding your very own horse under the big top?

When the Carters see the show, Andi meets Henry Jackson, a small boy selling concessions. Andi thinks his job must be perfect, hanging out with happy clowns, exotic animals, and excited visitors. But it's not all fun and games. Henry shares a secret with Andi: he ran away from home to join the circus--and now he's trapped. Andi wants to help him get free. But helping him may mean losing something very special to her.

My thoughts:
This was another great Andi story.  I really liked seeing the excitement of the circus experience through Andi's eyes.  I appreciated that this book shows the "ugly" parts of the circus too through Andi's relationship with Henry.  I was touched by these two and the way they helped each other.  

I am glad I have found this series.  I will be sharing them with my niece.  They are well-written stories with fun characters that teach valuable lessons.  I like that they are historical fiction for this young age group and that at the back is a couple pages of facts about the main point of the book. These would be a nice addition to your home, church, or school library.

These books were sent to be by Kregel blog tour for my honest review.  Thank you.

Have a day of blessings!

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