I just love a good historical fiction book, and when we got to review Author Mattie Richardson/Appaloosy Books and the Mattie Richardson’s Horses in History Series we were excited! These are a set of books about specific horses placed in special events in history. You get to experience the history through the eyes of the horses! Very creative and appealing to children!
What we got:
Appaloosy. The one we focused on (because I read these aloud to the kids) was about a spotted Appaloosa stallion that belonged to a brave from the Nez Perce tribe. Through his eyes we experience the unrest and persecution that the Native peoples experienced.
Then we follow him as he is taken from the tribe and placed with several white men, some kind, some not. He finally finds someone to love him and who he loves in a young girl, Faith. I won’t spoil this by telling all, but suffice to say, your kids will stay engaged!
Day and Night. Now, you get to explore the Civil War on the back of two young horses Track and Shiloh. In this book we see the destruction and sadness of this war as families are torn apart (including in this case, 2 horse brothers). You’re going to delve in deeper into the war and experience it via both the North and the South.
Golden Sunrise. Cheyenne is a Golden Palomino mare in Northern Texas in the early 1800’s. We get to go through the fight for the Texans freedom from Mexico and the terrible fighting that they endured. You’ll get to meet several famous people such as Jim Bowie.
Dusty’s Trail. Now, saddle up for the wildest ride of your life, the Pony Express! Meet Dusty, a young man named Levi’s, horse who really isn’t crazy about his master signing up for such high adventure. He still saves his master’s life and ends up falling in love! Read it to get the whole story!
What we thought about them:
First of all, these books are written by a young girl (she was 13 when she wrote Appaloosy)! Wow! They are impressive! So well researched and so well written. I am completely amazed at her talent and hard work 🙂
The quality of the actual book is very good also. They are paperback, but an excellent quality paperback! The length (60-140 pages) is perfect for the age range they are recommended for (8-14).
How we used them:
I used these as a history read-a-loud for all the kids. They all loved them! Jake would beg me to keep reading (long after my voice was worn out, lol). Mattie (the author) also sent us a study guide/enrichment packet for the book “Day and Night”. Since we haven’t studied that one yet, we haven’t used it, but I am planning to when we read the book! There are load of neat activities and more in-depth learning that go along with the book!
Do we recommend these?
Absolutely! These are great for anyone who loves history or animals or both 🙂 They are also perfect for the reluctant historian, because they will draw them in and they will be learning before they even realize it!
Don’t forget to check out the other reviews at the link below!