Though I don’t usually review middle-grade, teen, tween or children’s books, I was impressed with Ellen Feld’s bibliography. Having recently read and enjoyed Bubba Goes National , a mi ddle-grade horse fiction tale by Jennifer Walker, I knew I wanted to check out other books in the genre.
About Ellen F. Feld, Author of Frosty, The Adventures of a Morgan Horse
Ellen F. Feld is an indie author who has penned numerous middle-grade fiction books about horses, particularly Morgan horses, for the horse-lover in all age ranges. She has won the Children’s Choice Award that is sponsored by the International Reading Association and the Children’s Book Council, a prestigious awards for an indie writer. A quick search on Amazon.com reveals seven horse-related fiction titles for Ellen and her stable of horse books.
About the Book: Frosty, The Adventures of a Morgan Horse
This second book in the series of books by author Feld begins with Heather, our leading teen horse-loving protagonist, at a horse auction. While there, she spots an unusual looking but rather shy mare in a corral, near an anxious and excitable show-offy horse. Heather eventually coaxes the mare to come to her, where the two establish a connection.
Later, Heather bids on and buys the horse, only to discover the horse just might be a rare gray Morgan horse. Heather calls the horse Frosty, after her gray and frosted coloring, and once she brings her home, cleans her up and falls in love. Unfortunately, the mare’s timid nature turns out to be more than just being shy. It seems Frosty knows nothing of training for showing, and worse, was likely abused or at the very least mistreated by her previous owner.
It’s up to Heather to train and prepare this horse and she learns a lesson in patience in doing so. She also learns that not all horses are made to be prize-winning show horses. Then, on a fateful ride, there is an accident, and Frosty spooks. Heather finds herself under her horse and fearful for her life. But in that trail, she and Frosty build a bond of trust, and Frosty’s true talent as a trusted trail horse shines.
There are multiple lessons to learn here for pre-teens and teens reading Frosty. We learn patience, acceptance of each person (or horse) for their natural talents instead of trying to push someone or something into pre-assumed labels, and also we learn to accept disappointment and turn it into something better, how to set aside expectations and let trust and talent shine through.
Cons: It’s a relatively well-written story, though there are minor grammatical issues that as an adult I’d prefer to see improved, since children learn to write from what they read. However, these issues are minor and do not interfere with the pleasure and enjoyment of the story. Also, the characters seems to tell the story in the dialogue, and this gets a little tedious at times, because it feels unrealistic to have the characters telling the reader things that should probably be in the descriptive text.
Lastly, though also minor, while it’s understandable that a teen girl who works with and handles horses in the capacity that Heather does would have more responsibility in this area than some teens might, it seems Heather makes many grown-up decisions, including purchasing a horse at auction, without any adult intervention. To this reader, that also seemed slightly unrealistic.
Pros: It’s a good story, with several good lessons to be learned. It’s entertaining, and I believe it will keep most pre-teen, teen/tween girls reading and turning pages, especially any girl who has ever dreamed of owning or caring for a horse. It provides some realistic expectations about horse care and how much time and attention and devotion taking care of a horse really means, something many girls who dream of owning a horse probably don’t consider.
Feld’s book Frosty: The Adventures of a Morgan Horse also provides some great horse-related vocabulary that might be new to young readers, stretching their reading skills but not so much that it’s difficult to read and understand if readers don’t know the terms.
Frosty: Recommended Reading for Teens, Tweens and Horse Lovers of All Ages
Feld’s books are reasonably priced and the cover art is attractive and compelling. All said and done, I’d recommend Frosty: The Adventures of a Morgan Horse for any horse lover, young or not-so-young. I’d also recommend any of the books in the Morgan horse series of books by Ellen Feld. I’m personally looking forward to reading more about Blackjack, myself, and as you’ll see below, the author has given all my readers a great deal on purchasing this book!
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