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Summary: Mary and Jody, curious as ever, decided to spend Christmas Eve in Lucky Foot Stable. They were testing an old folktale that claimed that on Christmas Eve, animals talked with one another. The girls expected to awaken on Christmas morning to the talking, but they fell asleep and heard nothing. Still, there was a special Christmas present. Mary’s horse, Lady, gave birth to a newborn colt the girls named Star of Wonder. This story recounts the adventures that the girls experienced in raising the colt. This is book 2 of the four-volume Lucky Stable series.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, independent reading, read aloud book, remedial reader
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 9 and up
Interest Level: 8 to 13
Reading Level: 5.8
Young Reader Reaction: Pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: There is a cast of characters, two and four footed, who add richness and humanity to the adventures. This is a nice complement to Lady's Big Surprise.
Pros: It is a wholesome, refreshing, and well written story. The reader will quickly be caught up in the excitement generated by the personalities of the two heroines.
Borrow or Buy: Looking looking for books that will be of interest to adolescent girls? Then put this on the top of your buy list! The author adroitly integrates the equestrian culture with issues of friendship, self-image, facing challenges, accepting responsibility throughout the adventures to keep things real and meaningful to the reader.
Educational Themes: The book revolves around horses and horsemanship as the central topic/theme. Like Lady’s Big Surprise , it highlights the fun and excitement of horseback riding and demonstrates how lasting friendships are formed and nurtured. Along with the fun and adventure, the book emphasizes the time, effort, sacrifice, and responsibility required of horse owners to keep their horses fit and healthy.