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Horse Gentler in Training (Winnie: The Early Years)

Horse Gentler in Training
By Dandi Daley Mackall

Now younger readers can saddle up and join Winnie and her family at the Willis Wyoming Ranch!

Winnie is the star of the bestselling Winnie the Horse Gentler series that sold more than half a million copies and taught kids around the world about faith, kindness, and horse training. Winnie could ride horses before she could walk, but training them is another story. In this new series, eight-year-old Winnie learns the fine art of horse gentling from her horse wrangler mom as they work together to save the family ranch.

When Winnie’s snobby classmate threatens to stop boarding his champion thoroughbred Princess at the Willis family ranch, Winnie has to come up with a tricky solution to convince him to let her stay. She learns that with God, all things are possible!


Author of Winnie the Horse Gentler Series now comes a young reader version in Winne: The Early Years. I imagine Winnie to be about my daughter’s age, so I think my girl would love this book especially since it focuses on horses. This book would be good for a young reader that enjoys chapter books. The writing is very easy to read. There’s no complicated plot. It’s just a fun book to read at home or maybe while traveling on vacation. There’s a little drama (or “trouble”) as Winnie tries to help her mom figure out how to solve the puzzle that is Princess, a thoroughbred horse. Will she be able to show progress before the owner takes his horse to another ranch? If that happens, how will they be able to afford their own ranch and pay the bills? How can one trust in God with so many “what ifs” scrambling the mind? It’s not overly complicated, but it’s enough to keep the reader engaged and interested. If you have a young reader who’s a fan of horses, this just might be the book for them. In fact, this would be a good book to go over together when helping them become more avid readers. I can see this becoming a really nice series for kids. There are thirteen chapters in all (a total of 73 pages of story). The author also includes her true horse story, some extra horse facts include the anatomy of a horse, common horse breeds and horse terms. So for those readers that tend to enjoy nonfiction more than fiction, I think they’d enjoy the back portion of the book. The next book in the series is Winner: The Early Years, A Horse’s Best Friend. I received a complimentary copy from Tyndale in exchange for my honest opinion.


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