My girls love to read, which makes me extremely happy. Finding wholesome books for them to read, however, can sometimes be difficult. Sassy has been enjoying reading Andi Saddles Up and Andi Under the Big Top by Susan K. Marlow from Kregel Publications. These books about faith and family definitely qualify as quality reading material that I feel comfortable allowing her to read.
These books are the first and second books in the Circle C Stepping Stones series. This series is aimed at ages 7 to 10 and is set in the late 1800s. To begin the series, Andi is nine and her horse Taffy is three. This series includes six books in all and is a continuation of from the Circle C Beginnings series that focuses on Andi at age six. There are also two other series that focus on Andi and Taffy - Circle C Adventures for ages nine to twelve and Circle C Milestones for ages eleven and up. Ballerina had the opportunity to help me review the first book of the Milestones series - Thick as Thieves - a couple years ago.
To accompany the Circle C Stepping Stones books, there are coloring pages, activity pages, and lapbook activities. The coloring pages are in downloadable PDF form, and there are six detailed pictures for each book. The activity pages include vocabulary, comprehension questions, maps, writing, math, history, hands-on projects, and more. There are twehty-six pages of activity pages for Andi Saddles Up, which include topics on cinquains, circus train routes, horses, obedience, and ballads. There are twenty-seven pages of activity questions for Andi Under the Big Top, which include topics on circuses, how God wants us to approach fear, and telegrams.
I like how these books address issues that are age-appropriate and show how to make good choices. For example, in Andi Saddles Up, Andi has to work through a friendship when her family and her friend's family are arguing about land boundaries. This was a sweet way for Sassy to read how a character who is her age worked through a difficult situation.
I also like the variety of activity pages available to accompany the books. It allowed for us to expand the topics that were discussed in the book to do more in-depth learning. I also appreciate that the activity pages offer opportunities to discuss character issues - obedience and relying on God during times of fear.
I like these books. Andi faces things that are difficult and gets through them. She also helps people become friends.
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