Dash (Breyer Stablemates) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-01-21 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 8 user ratings

" 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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