Rosie and Scamper

 

Book Summary-

While learning to ride at Sonrise Stable, eight-year-old Rosie dreams of the horse shows she will win with her pony, Jet. Two years later, nothing is exactly the way Rosie planned it-she’s riding a new pony, Scamper, and learning that life isn’t always easy. But it’s as Rosie reaches out to the new girl next door that she truly begins to see that God works all things together for good in our lives. Rosie and Scamper is the first book in the Sonrise Stable series, heartwarming stories of an extended homeschooling family as they live, learn, and love together. Mixing adventure, life lessons, and realistic horse experiences, the series is a must for readers who enjoy family values, Christian faith, and, of course, horses!

Joy’s Review-

“Rosie and Scamper” is the first book in the Sonrise Stable series by Vicki Watson. Rosie is a girl who is homeschooled and gets the opportunity to spend lots of time at her grandmother, who owns Sonrise Stables, ranch. Rosie’s grandmother teaches her how to ride and take care of her horses. Her grandmother promises Rosie the foal that the pony is pregnant with for her very own horse. Carrie, a girl that is close to Rosie’s age, moves in next door to her grandmother. Carrie, a foster child, has not grown up in the same kind of loving and secure home that Rosie has. Their friendship has a bumpy start but the girls soon become close friends.

That summer Rosie’s grandmother, includes Carrie in her plans to have a “summer camp” for the week at her ranch. She meets all of Rosie’s cousins who make her feel like she truly belongs. The group learns how to barrel race, and they have an encounter with a wild, yet harmless, wild animal. The cousins, along with grandmother and their parents, go on a long trail ride and go camping. While camping Carrie felt God near and allowed Christ into her life.

This is a Christian based book and I really liked how life lessons were learned through events that happened in the book. The grandmother serves as a good role model, not only to her granddaughter but also to her young neighbor, Carrie. The family does not come across as pushy at all with their Christian faith but rather lead by example. Rosie and her family provide some guidance, love and adventure that had been lacking in Carrie’s life. As a horse lover I loved that the story took place on a ranch with the girls learning to ride and take care of horses. Many of the life lessons that the girls experienced were the result of their experiences with caring for the horses.

In addition to being an author, Vicki Watson is also a homeschool mom from Ohio that has graduated three daughters. She grew up having a strong love of horses and a deep faith in God. This clearly comes through in her writing. I would recommend this book to horse lovers ages 8-12.

  • Series: Sonrise Stable
  • Paperback: 147 pages
  • Publisher: ChristianCowgirl.net; Second edition (February 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984724206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984724208

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Educational Activities for Rosie and Scamper (Sonrise Stable Series book 1) by Vicki Watson

 

Take a spelling test using vocabulary from the book.
Similar to Hangman, the objective is to guess the word in a set number of tries.
The objective of this game is to put the words into alphabetical order.
The objective of this game is to put the word back together from a scrambled set of letters.
The objective of this game is to pair cards based on the words and sounds.

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