Tuesday, April 22, 2014

LIbby of High Hopes by Elise Primavera

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre:  Upper Elementary/Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction
Source:  I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review

From Goodreads: 
Libby Thump Riding Princess is a middle grade illustrated novel about a young girl who wants riding lessons more than anything else in the world. With passion and her love for horses nothing can stop Libby. She tries to live up to her potential and in so doing changes the lives of everyone around her.

My Thoughts:
This is a realistic look at what it is like to grow up and find your way in a confusing world. Libby is a young girl almost 11 years old. She is passionate about horses. Her ex-best friend, daughter of Libby’s mom’s best friend, is going down a different path.  One day Libby comes across a horse farm. She tries to persuade her parents to lether take riding lessons. Instead they give her older sister riding lessons and Libby is given swimming lessons. Libby lears many lessons that are lessons kids everywhere could identify with. Life isn’t always fair, I repeat this almost daily to my students. Another lesson is you need to hold onto your dreams and reach for them no matter what or how difficult it may seem to reach them. This is the very type of book I want on my shelves at school in my classroom as I try to inspire my students to reach for their own dreams.

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