Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Book Review: Frosty: Adventures of a Morgan Horse, by Ellen Feld

Frosty: The Adventures of a Morgan Horse (Morgan Horse Series), by Ellen Feld

Reading level: Ages 9-12

Paperback: 199 pages
Publisher: Willow Bend Pub (October 2003)
ISBN-10: 0970900228
Rating (1 to 5 *): ****

Book Review: Frosty: Adventures of a Morgan Horse

Heather Richardson already owns a beautiful black Morgan stallion named Blackjack, but she wants another horse to love and show. When she finds a rare grey Morgan mare at an auction that is very sweet, Heather decides "Frosty" deserves a better life and buys her. However, her showring plans for Frosty soon go south, much to Heather's disappointment. Luckily, she is soon appeased when she discovers that her new horse has another talent: trail riding.

Heather and Frosty head out on an adventure with their friends, Laura and Rusty, on a three-day trail ride in the lovely woods of Vermont. It starts out as great fun, but the combination of a little boredom, a lot of fog, and a playful deer add up to a lot of trouble, and Heather soon finds herself hopelessly lost.

Frosty: Adventures of a Morgan Horse is the second book in author Ellen Feld's Morgan Horse series, and the fourth one I've read. Feld has a way of injecting the real-life feelings, terminology, and events in her books. This is due to a lifelong passion for horses and basing the horses in her stories on real horses she actually owns. Anyone who has ever owned a horse, or even just loved them from afar, will see a little of themselves in these books. As a horse lover, I appreciate Feld's devotion to accuracy.

I do have to say that this book contained a large amount of passive voice and the writing style could have been stronger and more natural in general. However, I am especially sensitive to that as an editor, and typical readers may not mind it at all. For a horse lover, this is a fun story with enjoyable characters.

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Listen to an interview with Ellen Feld at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/jennifer-walker/2011/04/06/a-cup-of-coffee-and-a-good-book

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