review the delightful children’s chapter book, Rosie and Scamper, so I was really excited to be given the chance to review the second book in the Sonrise Stable series by Vicki Watson: Carrie and Bandit. Although this book continues with the story that started in the first book, it’s not necessary to read it to understand this book.
In Carrie and Bandit, ten-year-old Carrie is just about to be adopted by her new family, which includes a sister of the same age, Rosie. Both girls are crazy about horses, and they love to visit their grandmother, who keeps a stable and horses. Carrie has just been gifted with her very first horse, named Bandit, but he was abused by his previous owner, so the family has a big job ahead of them in getting Bandit to feel comfortable around people. Things seem to be going fairly smoothly until Carrie can’t resist taking a locket that she coveted from her future grandmother’s room. Soon afterward, Grandma is involved in a serious riding accident.
As soon as Carrie takes the locket, she feels terrible remorse and fears that her new family won’t want her anymore if they find out about her mistake. This is a great lesson for children to learn that even though their parents may not like their behavior, they will never stop loving them. Kids will also see how Carrie and Rosie gain confidence in their abilities when they keep calm after Grandma’s accident and help to care for her and her horse until help arrives. Sprinkled throughout the book, we also learn more about the family’s Christian values, as well as facts about horses and their training.
I look forward to reading Books 3 and 4 in the delightful Sonrise Stable series, which are coming soon! I hope you’ll share the whole series with your children. Check out the website at www.sonrisestable.com for further information.
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