5 Star Reviews for Sox 2nd Edition

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By Jackie Anton

Reviewed by Joy H. for Readers Favorite 5/10/12

Emma is not happy with her current living conditions. When Emma’s parents split a few years earlier, this forced her mom to join the Army in order to make a decent living. Things were fine until Emma’s mom was deployed to Iraq, and Emma was forced to come and live with her grandmother. Being brought up in the lights and blitz of city life, moving to the country didn’t suit Emma at all. And those clothes, why does her grandmother have to dress her like that for school? But Emma’s grandmother, her mom’s mother, wouldn’t let Emma complain to her mom about her unlikable conditions, instead she told Emma to write her thoughts in her journal for her mom to read when she returned home from Iraq. Meanwhile, Sox, a foal with a handicap, is living in the barn on the farm. Just as Emma, Sox is lonely because of his disabilities. Soon Sox and Emma find that they can encourage each other and help one another’s loneliness, so they form a friendship that will take them though a whirlwind of difficulties and excitements in their journey ahead.

This is a heartwarming story about a girl and her horse. Not just any girl, not just any horse. Each had their own disability, but each in a unique way helped the other through their lonely times and troubles. You will laugh a little and cry a little as you follow the journey of these two buddies. You will see the changes and growing up that is happening to Emma through reading her journal entries. You will find out what happens with these two loyal friends. Will they stay together forever? I highly encourage you to grab a copy of this book for your young reader. “Backyard Horse Tales” will be a story they will want to read over and over.

Backyard Horse Tales Sox 2nd Edition

Rating: 5.0 stars

Reviewed by Anne B. for Readers Favorite 5/15/12

Sox found himself in an alien world when he was born. His mother was there with him and he quickly adapted. It was very sweet listening as his mother explained things. When children excitedly and loudly approached the new foal, he rushed to warn his mother of danger. Once he realized they were safe he put on a little show for them, running and hopping. Like most youngsters, Sox was always full of questions. His favorite thing was when he was groomed. Everything was a new experience to Sox. Life was exciting. Sox’s favorite human was little Emma with freckles on her nose. Chapter 2 is entries from Emma’s diary. Emma was living with her grandmother until her mother returned home from deployment. Emma was not used to living in a rural area and she was very unhappy. After Emma got permission from her mom to take riding lessons she and Sox became close. Emma would talk to Sox and tell him her secrets, her fears and how much she missed her mom. Emma and Sox were kindred spirits.

I have to mention the remarkable illustrations first. They appear to be in pencil or maybe charcoal; no matter what the media was, the illustrations are charming. They complement the text. This delightful tale is narrated by Sox. While I lived on a farm I never had a horse. “Backyard Horse Tales” gave me a feeling of what it would be like to work with a horse each day. This book will appeal to children from second to sixth grade. While this book is a lovely horse tale I think there are also several lessons for both adults and children. Emma was very sad and missed her mother a lot. Obviously her grandmother loved her but it was the friendship of an animal that helped her survive her mother’s absence. Sox took Emma’s mind off of her mother. As she talked to him it eased her pain. There is also a lot of information in this book concerning horse, how they train them, what it is like to be a young foal and much more. I very much enjoyed this book.

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