Book Review: Winnie: The Early Years – Horse Gentler in Training

September 27, 2018 by  
Filed under Children's Book Reviews


Book Title:  Winnie: The Early Years – Horse Gentler in Training.

Author:  Dandi Daley Mackall

Publisher: Tyndale

Amazon Info:

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!

My rating:  4 stars

My review:

This is a sweet book. It’s a fun little read aloud for younger kids (4-8 year olds) who are just getting into more chapter books rather than picture books. The story is simple but sweet and it’s very easy to read.

I’m eager to give this one to a young friend that I love that enjoys horses because I know she’ll love it too.

Now, that said, I’m much more of a fan of “richer” literature type books even for little ones.  So while this is very sweet, the writing is a bit too simplistic even for littles.

But, I’d still recommend it. It’s a clean book, with real life challenges that won’t be overwhelming to little hearts.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

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