My daughter loves to read. She loves to read about horses. She has also read several of the Circle C Beginnings books. I knew she would love to read the newest books, Andi Saddles Up and Andi Under the Big Top, written by Susan K. Marlow and published by Kregel Publications.
The books in the the newest series, Circle C Stepping Stones, are designed for children ages 7-10. The chapters are longer and the plots are deeper. The books have the same great illustrations. There are also coloring pages (free download), activity pages (free download), and lapbooks (for purchase) available to use with the books.
Andi Saddles Up, the first book, is about Andi turning nine years old. She is so excited to be able to be a real horse and rider pair with her horse, Taffy. She becomes friends with a girl named Sadie, but soon learns their families are in a boundary dispute with each other. Can Sadie and Andi remain friends through the process?
The study guide (activity pages) that goes with this book has a great monthly schedule for reading through the book. It will take 21 days if you are not using the separately purchased lapbook. It tells you (or your child) what pages to read each day and what page of the activity book to do that day. The activity pages include answering questions about each chapter, matching vocabulary words, writing poetry, how to cook, and so much more.
Andi Under the Big Top is the second book in the series. In this book, the circus comes to town and Andi cannot wait to see it. When she is buying some food, she meets a young boy and thinks that he has the perfect job. But she soon finds out more about the boy and decides she is going to try to help him.
The study guide for this book is in the same format as the first book. It also includes a page of Bible verse bookmarks that your child will love to color. Both study guides also include maps of where the story takes place.
I let my 11 year old daughter read the books by herself. She is just out of the suggested age range of 7-10, but she has enjoyed reading the books. I am starting to read through the first book with my just turned 6 year old and she is enjoying them and is always wanting me to read more. My oldest daughter said the books were great and kept her interest. They were an easy read for her and she was able to read through them quickly. We did not use the study guides, but I had her look at them to see if it was something she would be interested in using in the future. She said she may use it for the next book.
My thoughts: These books are great read aloud books for younger children. Younger children will also love coloring the pictures and doing the activities after you are done reading. They may need a little bit of help with some of the activities. They will learn a lot while doing them. They are also great books for horse lovers of any age. We can’t wait for the next books in the series to come out this fall.