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But the writing is mediocre
Reviewed in the United States on January 25, 2009
I hate to say this, but this book is not well-written. The prose clunks; the characters are mostly one-dimensional; the horse-knowledge feels like the result of research, not lived experience; the riding lesson is unbelievable and dangerous. A good children's book takes kids a little beyond their natural range. This book hits all the notes that many kids will love, but does nothing to take them past where they are right now. Any compassion for the crazy grandmother? I didn't find it.