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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Author Mattie Richardson - Appaloosy Books Review

I don't know about you, but it's often hard for me to find good books for my girls to read. Two of my girls are voracious readers, and I can't tell you the number of times I've thought they must have read every decent (and age appropriate) book there is, wondering what I could have them read next. It's always exciting when we stumble upon a new author (or a new-to-us author) because it opens the door to more opportunities for good reading. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to review all four books in the Mattie Richardson's Horses in History Series by Author Mattie Richardson/Appaloosy Books.


For this review, we received the following paperback books by Mattie Richardson. 
  • Appaloosy
  • Dusty's Trail
  • Golden Sunrise
  • Day and Night
We also received the PDF of the Enrichment Guide for Day and Night.

These books were written for ages 8 to 14, so Brittany was just the age for these books. The books range from 70 to 140 pages, so they were fairly quick reads for Britt. If you have a child who loves horses or history, these books would be perfect for them. In fact, if you have a younger child interested in horses, these would be great read-alouds.

Each book is set in a different time period in history and can be read independently. Although they are a series, you don't have to read one book to follow the story line in a subsequent book.

Appaloosy is about an Appaloosa stallion named Storm who lives in the Nez Perce tribe in the Idaho wilderness. During the story, Storm is captured, sold to a family, and later stolen by rustlers. There's plenty of action and adventure to go along with this story to hold a child's interest.

The shortest book of the series, Dusty's Trail shares the story of a horse and his rider as they join the Pony Express with the struggles and difficulties faced through that time.

Golden Sunrise is about Cheyenne and her owner Jared, who becomes a volunteer soldier in the Texan fight for independence. The action of fighting at the Alamo along with meeting James Bowie and Davy Crockett make this book exciting.

Day and Night is the longest book in the series and features Tucker and Shiloh, two horses who find themselves on either side of the Civil War. Each chapter in the book alternates between the points of view of the two horses, giving the reader an interesting look at the Civil War from both sides.

The Enrichment Guide for Day and Night provides activities and comprehension assignments, making it easier to incorporate the reading into our homeschool. The guide breaks the book into eight weeks with each week consisting of a reading assignment, comprehension questions, vocabulary, history segment with questions, A Soldier's Life, a living history section featuring a craft or game, creating your own story writing activities, and a biography section with a short reading assignment about a related historical figure.

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Would you like to know what other reviewers have to say about the Appaloosy books? Check out more reviews from the Homeschool Review Crew.

Book Set: Appaloosy, Dusty's Trail, Golden Sunrise & Day and Night {Mattie Richardson/Appaloosy Books Reviews}
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