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Dash (Breyer Stablemates) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-06-08 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 8 user ratings
ISBN:0545120942
LANGUAGE:English

" I read this book when I was 8, after reading another short book ( Stormy ) and it was good just like stormy was. " said.

" With practice comes perfection, and this shows through well for Dash and their trainer, who become barrel racers after much practice. " said.

"I think Julia picked this up last time we were in Philly and stopped at a bookstore. She's very into horses (what little girl isn't?) so we bought it and finally read it before bed last night.
It's actually a Level 3 Scholastic Reader so it was made to be read by the child. We have a bunch of Level 1, 2 and 3's that we read together although Julia is starting to pick up and read some by herself.
Dash is about a little girl wanting to learn to barrel race. I don't know about other places or people but barrel racing isn't big around where we live. Actually, it may not even be small. It may not even be for that matter, around here anyway.
When I saw this, as I started to read, I thought Julia may lose interest. She not only was very interested but wants me to find more of the Breyer Horses books. (There are cover pics of about 6 or 7 in the back of the book.) Julia only asks me to find books we're really into so I know she definitely liked this.
It's a simple story, the girl wants to barrel race after seeing another girl, Daddy gives her one of his horses, she trains for a short while, makes a mistake or two (not in a race, mistake during practice) and then wins the race.
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"This is a Breyer STABLEMATES BOOK, perfect for little girls who love horses. It is hardcover, with glossy pages and illustrations that reinforce the story line. My only criticism is that the illustrations look stiff when in repose, but the action illustrations are amazing.

When Jenny is watching her brother compete at a rodeo, her Dad takes her to the barrel-racing arena. Jenny fell in love with barrel racing and met a competitor, Hope. Hope's trainer says he will teach Jenny about barrel racing, and Jenny's Dad picks out a suitable quarter horse for her, named DASH. They practice diligently for their first competition, which turns out to be both a nailbiter and great surprise for Jenny.

I liked this book especially because, though it is a medium length story, the print is a little bit larger and easy to read. The reading level throughout the book is consistent and a nice challenge for independent readers. It teaches not just the lure of rodeo, but also the difficulty and great amount of training that goes into it, and the possibility that it is easy to make a mistake and lose. Even though Hope and Jenny will probably wind up competing against one another one day, friendship and promoting the sport rules over individual winning. There is no jealousy whatsoever. At the conclusion of the book is a page filled with quarter horse and barrel racing facts. There is a page like this at the end of every book in this series, so readers learn about several breeds by the time they finish the series. It is also written like a "grown up" book, with a table of contents and it is divided into chapters, making it a nice transition from simple picture books and early readers to chapter books.

I loved it! Best of all---$4.99 for hardcover book from Scholastic, purchased at Books A Million, my home away from home.
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"Both my daughters love Stablemates series. This is a really nice chapter book to help them start reading on their own. You can read it to younger kids too and they will enjoy it, but for me it was the draw that made my dauhter to actualy want to read on her own." said.

"After being very disappointed with many early chapter books due to inappropriate content for kids, I am even more pleased with the entire Stablemates series. The stories are gentle, illustrations are beautiful, and kids can't wait to read them. They are great first chapter books, as there is not too many paragraphs, and a picture on every page. They are also very nice hardcover books for the price. Highly recommended!" said.

"My daughter loves horses and these books are at the perfect reading level for her. She is in 2nd grade but struggles with her reading skills so age range/skill level on this book I would guess for an advanced kindergartener, average 1st grader, and lower level 2nd grader. There are chapters in these books which makes my daughter feel like she's reading a "big kid" book and not a "baby" learning to read book. Most of the words are easy reading with an occasional big word that she has to work at to read or I have to help with. If your child is really working hard to read the book the chapters also give you an ideal place to stop and put it down. I would guess these books would mainly be written for girls and if you have a daughter who loves horses its a great tool to interest her in reading as well." said.

"My daughter cannot get enough of these books I have to read her a horse book every night, at least this Breyer Stablemates collection is tolerable for an adult." said.

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