Friday, July 31, 2009

Book Review - Andy and Spirit in the Big Rescue

Andy and Spirit in the Big Rescue
By Mary Jean Kelso
Illustrations by K.C. Snider
Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
Ages 0 to 12
24 pages

Andy and Spirit are different. Andy is in a wheelchair and Spirit is an albino horse. Both tend to attract a lot of attention wherever they go. Sometimes they are teased and bullied for being different.

In this their second trip with 4H club to the Nevada State Fairgrounds people and horses are endangered by a rampaging bull. Andy and Spirit find themselves in the path of the frenzied animal and Tracy jumps up behind Andy to help them escape danger.

Mary Jean has written another exciting book. Children will love learning about 4H and what it is like to participate. The book is filled with the sights and smells of the fairgrounds. Children will get a look at what it is like to be “different” and that it is how we are alike that is important. At the back of the book is a section explaining hippotherapy, the use of horses to strengthen and stretch the muscles of the rider.

K.C. Snider does not disappoint, with her beautiful illustrations. K.C. has won awards for her Western art. A look at this book will show you why. Her illustrations have power and movement. They make you feel you are there.

Mary Jean and K.C. are a perfect pairing, as are Andy and Spirit.

Review by
Shari Lyle-Soffe, author

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