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Author: Camille Matthews

Illustrator: Michelle Black

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Publisher: Pathfinder Equine Publications,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Quincy loves the red barn where he lives and the routine that comes along with the seasons: out on the horse trails in the spring, in the barn during the winter. Then one day, something changed. No one came to ride him anymore. He did get food and water, but that was just the neighbor. Then one day a lady and man came to the barn. She and Quincy went for a ride, and they decided to take Quincy home. He didn't like that idea. Now instead of being an only horse, Quincy was in a barn with lots of horses, and someone rode him every day. He was happy, but also sad, because all of the other horses jumped and were in shows. Would he ever be happy here? This is a picture book story is part of a series about Quincy (horse) and his life.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 7; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Age of Child: Read by an 8-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter - a new rider - loved this book. She kept talking about how Quincy and the other horses looked like the horses she knows from the stable we visit. She understood what the various riding elements were, and was quick to explain the kind of saddle pictured.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a beautiful book. Even without the story, the illustrations are very nice to look at. Where my daughter was content to talk about Quincy and the new stable, I wanted to know what had happened at the old place. Although I found the book a bit stilted and formal, the information was valuable. The repetition is excellent for new readers - especially those who love horses.

Pros: This lovely picture book offers a story about horses, but has lessons about change and community, too.

Cons: Every time there is a reference to the horse, his name (Quincy) is used, not He.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a perfect selection for a child who is just learning about horses or just starting to ride. The illustrations alone make it worth checking this one out.


Educational Themes: This is a good book for kids who still need short sentences and word practice, but can handle more text. There is lots of great, basic information about caring for and riding horses, too.

Notes: The Reading Tub® picked up this book at Book Expo America. There are no expectations of review associated with this book.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, animal characters

Date(s) Reviewed: June 2010

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