A Charming Horse Tale for Readers of all Ages, May 18, 2013
By Micki Peluso (New York, USA)
This review is from: Backyard Horse Tales (Paperback)
Backyard Horse Tales
Sox 2nd Edition
By Jackie Anton
This delightful story begins with the birth of a foal named Sox, who relates the story of his life and birth through his own point of view. The world he fell into from his mother’s womb is scary at first, but he soon adjusts and quickly learns that the alien two-legged beings around him are humans . . . one he grows to especially like is a little girl called Emma.
She’s just turned 11 and lives with her grandmother since her Army mom got sent to Iraq. Her father has remarried and since her parents are divorced, he doesn’t visit Emma often. The young horse and Emma have much in common. Emma is lost without her mom and misses living in the country away from city life; Sox is coping with being weaned from his mother. Emma has mild dyslexia; Sox has a mild problem with his leg . . . And so the bonding between them begins.
Sox is a high-spirited colt, prone to mischief and antics which his sweet, wise mother overlooks, but the other horses, and Katie, his owner and trainer, do not. Still, Sox is a quick learner, and as he and Emma mature together, both learn important life lessons. For Sox, one lesson is don’t jump on the back of the grumpy leader of the herd, Gunner. Emma must acquire patience and faith as she is subjected to long periods with no word from her mother in Iraq. The young girl and the quickly growing colt learn important life lessons together.
Author Anton’s story, winner of “Moms Choice Awards for Excellence” appeals to lovers of horses and all animals. This enchanting and educational tale relates primarily to the amazing bond that can be formed between humans and horses. It is highly recommended for children and readers of all ages. It’s a story of the coming-of-age in two different species, yet so similar in their experiences and love for each other. As the book ends, readers can move on to “Backyard Horse Tales 2, with “Frosty and the Night stalker,” another heartwarming story told by the horse — of course.
Micki Peluso: writer, journalist, and author of . . . And the Whippoorwill Sang