Thursday, December 11, 2014

Book Review: Mickey and the Plow Horse by Edward Dreyfus

*****This review is meant for parents, teachers, and other people that work with children to read.*****

Mickey’s parents send him away to camp. They are not sure how he’s going to like it so they tell him that he can come back home if he doesn’t like it after two weeks. He has asthma so he is not able to do a lot of things that other kids his age can do. He connects with another camper but there are some other campers that are just not very nice. When he sees a horse (Jackson is the horse’s name) he feels a connection, even though the horse is looked at as a loner in some ways; it's the kind of connection that shows Mickey that they both need each other.

I really liked how this book shows that animals can connect with humans in ways that are beyond our understanding; in this case it was with a horse. I was touched that Mickey saw a shadowing of his loneliness with the horse; he knew that Jackson needed him to feel less lonely and that he needed the horse also. I liked that the connection with the horse seemed to help him with being at camp also.

This book is good about educating about what some children with special needs probably feel, and that they are often looking for people, animals, and places to fit in with.

My rating = 5 out of 5 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary reviewer’s copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.


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