I love reading. Always have. I desperately want to pass that same love for books on to my two girls. I truly believe that reading can open doors–doors to new knowledge, untapped creativity, endless entertainment, and experiences you might not have in real life.
Gracie is in first grade now, and reads every night before bed. She has read 350 books so far this school year! I was thrilled when author Rae Rankin contacted me about doing a book review for her children’s book, Cowgirl Lessons. It sounded perfect for my own cowgirls!
While I waited for the book to come in the mail (which came very timely, I might add), I did some creepin’ on Rae. Because that’s how I do. I creep and I google. But, I realized after going into Google stealth-mode I could just look at her website. Ha! Where’s the fun in that, though?! You can
creep check her out here. Rae hails from the Pacific Northwest, and based the book on a real girl and a real horse named Duchess.
I won’t spoil the story for you, but the plot line consists of a young girl getting ready for her riding lesson, driving with her dad to the barn, and riding with her trainer. I love how Rankin depicts the girl’s obvious passion for horses and riding, and how she and her trainer worked together during the lesson.
I appreciated that Gracie could read this book on her own, with only a little help on a couple words. Emmalee enjoyed the book, too! The pictures are realistic and colorful. The rhyming narrative made it interesting to read, as well as listen to. I asked Gracie what she thought of the book, since she is the real critic in this children’s book review, and she said,
“I loved it! I really liked the story and the pictures. I liked the girl’s riding clothes. She kind of looks like me!”
Well, there you have it! Straight from the expert! Cowgirl Lessons is highly recommended for all little girls, especially horse-crazy ones. This would make a fantastic gift for any little girl in your life. You can find it on Amazon for the reasonable price of $9.99 for a new paperback.