jessie haas . . .
Anita L. Burkham, "What Makes A Good Horse Book," The Horn Book, January 2014
"Maggie's family prepares for a big winter storm while her horse Bramhble watches. That night, Bramble shoves her stall door open and trudges through the deep snow, relishing the exciting storm. She becomes a hero the next morning when she helps clear away the snowdrift that blocks her family's door. They all walk to nearby houses, enjoying the camaraderie of their neighbors, shoveling walkways and gathering together for an impromptu feast around a fire. The story unfolds in three chapters: before, during, and after the storm. Writing short, effective sentences, Haas does a particularly good job of expressing the horse's point of view as fully as Maggie's. The girl knows that Bramble's long hair will keep her warm all night, but Maggie never guesses how the snow feels to Bramble; first the cold tickle of falling flakes, then the warmth of the blanket of snow on her back, and finally the pleasure of feeling stronger than the storm: "It was just air and snowflakes. She was a horse." Lighting up every page, expressive gouache paintings feature rounded forms and rich colors that glow brilliantly against backdrops of white snow and blue/gray skies. From the Bramble and Maggie series, here's a beautifully crafted book for beginning readers." Carolyn Phelan, Booklist, Starred review
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Then comes Halloween. Will their costume be pretty, or scary? And can Bramble and Maggie handle a trick-or-treat ride full of pumpkins and ghosts?
Spooky Season explores pretend fear, real fear, and the power of treats over horses and humans, in an easy reader format.
"Clear, lively prose and soft, expressive gouache illustrations (Alison Friend) combine for a Halloween friendship story." Horn Boo, 2014
"...shows young readers that you can be a little afraid as you face your fears. Readers will be able to easily connect to Maggie as they have to be patient with the many new things in their lives as well. They will also relate to Bramble, who likes to be contrary until she feels comfortable with a situation. This fits beginning readers to a T. They can be a bit squirrelly on occasion too." Jeff Berger,NCTeacherstuff.blogspot.com
A Junior Library Guild selection
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FIRST 2 BOOKS IN THE SERIES NOW IN PAPERBACK!
The Beware books
the Barney books
The Sixth Sense
Uncle Daney's Way
Hoofprints: Horse Poems.
"When Uncle Daney got out of the hospital, there was no place to put him but the barn." In a tightly built stall that's nicer than the trailer where Cole and his family live, but Cole is worried. Uncle Daney is a logger. Loggers have a rough reputation. What if this guy isn't pleased?
But Uncle Daney turns out to be a sweet little cricket of a man, in a wheelchair. What Cole should have worried about is the gigantic logging horse Uncle Daney brings with him. How can the family afford to keep Nip? This middle-grade novel on the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award list, and Texas Bluebonnet Award list. Also available as an ebook.
WESTMINSTER, VERMONT, 1735-2000: TOWNSHIP NUMBER ONE
The history of my hometown, a project of the Westminster Historical Society, with an introduction by Governor Peter Shumlin.
Westminster got its first charter from Massachusetts in 1735, making it the oldest chartered town in Vermont. It was the site of the Westminster Massacre, the first fatal conflict of the American Revolution. Vermont declared independence form New York at Westminster, which also hosted the first Vermont printing press. Our first newspaper was printed here, as well as our first paper currency; later the same afternoon, Vermont's first counterfeiting case commenced. Through the centuries Westminster has produced silk, tobacco, wool, fruit and vegetables, and Vermont's first aged sheeps' milk cheese.
2009 American Horse Publications Award
How horse-crazy are you? Would you crochet a saddle blanket? Knit a curry comb? Do you like to draw horses, read horse books, watch horse movies, and of course, ride ride ride? HORSE CRAZY is for you. Over 400 pages of facts and fun, with pictures on nearly every page.
"...a thrilling ride."
New York Times Book Review
A Junior Library Guild Premier Selection
Kliatt (starred review)says, "(Haas) really outdoes herself with this one. Scary and challenging...This is fine historical fiction, with suspense on every page and a courageous young man who is quite a hero.
ALA Booklist says, "Haas writes gracefully and evocatively of boy, horse, and desperate men...a thrilling tale with many opportunities for discussion.
SLJ says, "...the story moves at the same fast pace as the horse and unknown rider...Dialogue and characterization are tops here."
Kirkus says, "...the action and nuanced writing carry the reader pell-mell to a wholly believable end. Haas's best yet for older readers."
Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Master List (Vermont)
New Mexico Land of Enchantment Award Master List
Georgia Children's Book Award Master List
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