Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Horse Dreams by Dandi Daley Mackall

The only thing Ellie James loves more than horses and daydreaming, is daydreaming about horses.  Fourth grader, Ellie, has a great imagination and like a lot of kids her age, she daydreams of owning her own horse...a beautiful black stallion show horse.  She daydreams of winning trophies in the horse show.  Ellie's trouble in school begins as she's once again caught daydreaming by her teacher during class.  Ellie's friend, Colt, who knows sign language (that's how they communicate with Ellie's hearing impaired little brother) clues her into what she's missed as the teacher calls on Ellie in class.  Ellie has to decide what her science report is going to be - she decides it's going to be about horses...exactly how to convince her parents to let her have a horse of her own.  In her report, she is to show three scientific ways to do this.  She chooses: begging, crying and praying.  Since she's already tried the first two methods to no avail, she dives deeper into praying.  Ellie's been praying for a horse every night for as long as she can remember!  Through the course of this story, Ellie learns that God often answers our prayers in ways different from our expectations....and when we recognize the answer to our prayer, it is always sweet!  This is a lovely story of how one little girl through prayer and faith is richly rewarded.  There is also bonus material at the end of the book that includes a Horse Talk glossary, as well as the sign language alphabet...this is a must read for an elementary aged animal lover!

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes from Tyndale House.

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