I think every one of us has a book, or series of books, that we look back on fondly, from when we were a child. For me it was always Anne, from Anne of Green Gables. For my daughter, it is Andi, from Circle C. We met Andi a year or two ago (it feels like forever really she is so familiar to us) and so we were so excited, blessed, to receive her two new adventures: Andi Saddles Up and Andi Under the Big Top from the new Circle C Stepping Stones written by Susan K. Marlow and published by Kregel Publications.
It has been a goal of mine this year to spend more time reading aloud; since we have had a number of days where one or more of us have been under the weather this winter, receiving Andi Saddles Up and Andi Under the Big Top in the Circle C Stepping Stones Series was a wonderful blessing! Especially for my daughter who gets tired of the “boy” books we read as of late. We have actually enjoyed a number of Susan K. Marlow‘s books in the past so my daughter was really excited when these arrived. There is nothing better than all of us curled up on the bed, enjoying a good story together.
In this one, And is 9 years old and her horse are on Circle C Ranch with her family where Andi makes a new friend. But there is trouble with the neighbor; will they be able to settle things peaceably? My daughter loved her horse’s name “Taffy” as that is her favorite candy! This was so fun to read and a great way to talk abut how to resolve problems that come our way.
In the next story, they are under the big top. My boys were pretty excited about that. It’s been ages since the circus came to town around here. This was a fun story to read as we follow the friendship that develops between Henry and Andi. It’s also a nice example of how the grass is always greener. Sometimes those things we think are better, are not all they seem to be. A good lesson in seeing blessings in our life.
These are recommended for ages 7 to 10; there are 6 books in this series and each has amazing illustrations by Leslie Gammelagaard. You can get your favorite illustrations as colouring pages to download. You can also download Lapbooks and Activity pages that contain lots of great and fun stuff like maps, puzzles, character study, vocabulary, comprehension questions, history, crafts, music and lots more. Each activity guide is about 25 pages long and is recommended to work through in a 21 day timeline. Just follow the schedule provided and have lots of fun, and learn lots of neat stuff, along the way.
These are such great books.
They are easy to read, and have such fun and like able characters. Every chapter inspires great discussion, as we talk about the value of good character, problem solving, being kind to your neighbors. We learn history, science, and the value of good friends. We are really looking forward to the rest of the books that are to come. If your children love horses, or history, or reading I highly recommend these books. For younger ones you can begin with Circle C Beginnings, or if your kids are older consider the Circle C Adventures or Milestones series. Every one is something you will be glad your children are reading.
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