Sunday, October 23, 2005

King of the Wind

by Marguerite Henry

A horse story? I groaned when I picked up this book. I've been trying to read the books assigned to my daughter, and this was next on the list.  I've usually found animal stories to be boring and I've never found horses to be all that interesting. But I dutifully picked it up and gave  it a read. King of the Wind is the story of the Godolphin Arabian, a horse from the 18th Century that is supposedly the great-grand-pappy of all the great racing horses. While I couldn't really get into the horse aspect of the story, it is a well written and interesting story. A sort of rags-to-riches tale. It's a Newberry medal winner and even I have to admit it's worth checking out.

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Saturday, October 01, 2005

The Long Winter

by Laura Ingalls Wilder

This is my favorite entry in the Little House series. The Ingalls family is settling down near the new town of DeSmet, South Dakota and their second winter there proves to be a nasty one. Mrs. Wilder does a great job of telling the tale, foreshadowing the long winter in the beginning and going on to tell how people cope as the cold weather hits and refuses to let up. One is almost tempted to think that the Ingalls family might not make it! Anyway, I'll have to find a way to keep this one on my shelf.

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