Young Holly Hobbie adapts well to farm life. She enjoys the animals and even her chores. One day after seeing the neighbors riding, Holly decides she wants a horse. Her parents say no, but that doesn't keep Holly preparing. After all, her birthday is coming soon.
What I thought: A charming book that brings out the child in us all. Hobbie's narrative is just right. I can see the story appealing to children because she addresses them as children but with respect. Her preparations for the horse are hilarious. The illustrations are lovely--such soft colors and so detailed. My favorite illustration is Holly surprised at seeing her birthday present.
Story Time Themes: Farm, Horses, Birthdays
(Little, Brown, & Company, 2010)