The Book I Bought for May: Horse Dreams

Throughout 2014 I’m buying a book a month to show support for fellow authors and the retailers who sell our books. Because I hope you’ll buy my books, I decided I needed to get back to buying books and not just secondhand.

I’m also doing this to connect kids and families with the best of Christian books.

The book I bought for May is Horse Dreams, by Dandi Daley Mackall (Tyndale, 2011), the first book in Dandi’s “Backyard Horses” series of chapter books for young readers.

Horse Dreams features a great story, some quirky characters, horses–of course!–and sign language (because the main character’s younger brother is deaf). There’s a glossary called Horse Talk! too. And it’s all wrapped up in some authentic faith lessons the main character, Ellie James, discovers for herself.

Fourth-grader Ellie spends a lot of time dreaming about owning a black stallion show horse and winning trophies. She’s decided neither begging nor crying will bring that about and decides to trust God to provide the horse. But will she recognize his answer when it gallops into her life?

As an epigraph for the book, Dandi chose 1 Samuel 16:7, which reads in part, “The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Dandi Daley Mackall is an award-winning author of more than 450 books for children and adults.

Dandi Daley Mackall is the award-winning author of over 450 books for children and adults

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The text in Horse Dreams is set in a size good for new or younger readers. There are no illustrations, however, which many chapter books do include.

Still, the story and characters will pull readers in–and have them asking for next book in the series!

Horse Dreams for Kindle is currently free! Not sure how long that will last.

Read about the books I bought for January, February, March, and April.
– Diane

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