Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Mattie Richardson's Horses in History Series by Author Mattie Richardson/Appaloosy Books: A TOS Crew Review

Mattie Richardson's Horses in History Series by Author Mattie Richardson/Appaloosy Books

Do you have a history or horse loving reader?  If you don't here is a wonderful way to turn your children into one!  We have been enjoying a new discovery Mattie Richardson's Horses in History Series by Author Mattie Richardson/Appaloosy Books.

These delightful books combine horses and history into a great story aimed at your 8-14 year olds.  We have received four books:

Appaloosy - written when the author was just 13 years old!  This book is set among the Nez Perce Indians (same tribe as a family favorite American's a great companion book)

Dusty's Trail - this story takes you on an exciting adventure along the Pony Express.

Golden Sunrise  - a family favorite - takes the reader to the Alamo and the unforgettable fight for Texas freedom.

Day and Night - The story is set in the Civil War, and follows two brothers caught in the conflict that divided our country. 

Each of the books was about 60-120 pages in length - perfect for your newly confident independent readers, or as a family read aloud.

The author, Mattie Richardson is an inspiring story in herself.  She began writing when she was just 13 years old, and has continued ever since.  This was a BIG encouragement to my daughters.

In each of the books, she combines her love of horses with history.  The stories are told through the eyes of the horse, giving a unique and endearing perspective that my girls simply loved. 

I love historical fiction and how stories can teach.  The books are filled with great life lessons and family values.  A rare treat in today's tween/teen literature to be sure!

The books are illustrated by Clarissa Richardson (another young person!) with sweet black and white drawings. 

Each book also contains "A Blast from the Past" section at the back that helps the readers learn more about the historical setting of the story.

We also had a chance to take a peek at the 100 page PDF of the brand new Day and Night Enrichment Guide to accompany the Day and Night book.  I love getting a chance to capture their interest, and get them learning too!

The PDF is filled with great ways to expand the learning - it could easily be a full unit study, or even used for a literature class. It's broken down into 8 parts.  Here's some of what you'll find:
  • Reading Comprehension - Make sure they understand what they are reading, they also make great discussion questions.
  • Vocabulary - matching and fill in the blank type exercises
  • History - more information about the historical period.
  • Geography - a great way to explore America .
  • Horses - my girls loved learning more!
  • Biography & Research - meet the famous figures of each era.
  • Creating Writing - Mattie encourages them to begin writing their own storiesand shows them how.
  • Living History - great ideas to help bring history to life!
  • Soldier's Life - An inside look, includes recipes too.
  • Further Reading Suggestions - recommendations for more.
My girls loved reading these!  They are well-written and capture the reader's interest right away.  What a great way to also sneak in some American History...

Check them out!

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Book Set: Appaloosy, Dusty's Trail, Golden Sunrise & Day and Night {Mattie Richardson/Appaloosy Books Reviews}

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Book Set: Appaloosy, Dusty's Trail, Golden Sunrise & Day and Night {Mattie Richardson/Appaloosy Books Reviews}

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