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If you also love books about Horses, riding,... like me you are in for a treat when you pick Susan Count's Mary's Song. Simple language and consistent flow of the plot. The book is 100+ pages but packs a lot of things in it. All the characters are well developed.The banter among the girls is refreshing not at all childish or girly. In fact its matured. Read rest of the review: [...]
In 1950s America, a girl afflicted by a virus that made her unable to walk (we are not told details, but it doesn't seem to be polio) sits on her father's fine porch and wishes for a horse. Specifically, one of the Morgan foals next door, Illusion, which was born with a club foot. If Illusion could be treated and saved - which is by no means certain - maybe even a lonely girl like Mary could learn to walk as well.
The characterisation is finely done and we learn the strengths of determination, friendship and science. I particularly like the references to books of the day. One of the best sequences for me is when the daughter of the horse breeders, Laura, resolves one problem after another by applying what skills and lessons she and her horses have learned. Young readers, especially girls, will learn a great deal and enjoy the adventure. Adult horse lovers will like the unusual story too.
What a sweet little story. I hadn't realised this was written for youngsters aged twelve or less. Nevertheless, being a lover of horses, I enjoyed it. The author certainly has a great knowledge of all things equine. The young heroin Mary is disabled. She lives on a farm with her father. Most days he would carry her into a field and she would sit on a blanket in the shade of a large tree and draw the mares and foals in the adjacent field. She falls in love with one of the foals, who also has a serious problem with it's leg, and is destined to be put down as nothing can be done about it. However, Mary has other ideas. A lovely inspiring story for all youngsters who love horses.
I bought this book as I love horses. To my surprise I read it within two days. It was that type of book. Mary and Laura from two different backgrounds formed a bond to help a foal who is in danger. The problems they encounter are real, their solutions are unusual for two young girls but the writing style is strong and Susan's strong characters make the sweet story flow. I recommend this to parents of girls of nine years and upwards particularly if their daughters love animals.
Due to a virus, Mary (12) is in a wheelchair, unable to walk. The year is 1952. Her father, determined to find a cure, is a little over-protective. Mary enjoys sketching the horses in the field next door. Unable to attend school thus having a private tutor, Mary is thrilled when her next door neighbor, Laura (12), comes over to say "Hello". Laura's parents are the opposite of Mary's dad, not taking much notice of Laura at all. (Mary's mother has been dead for several years.) Laura's mother is more concentrated on her equitation.
Buggy rides! What fun for a girl who has always dreamed that she will ride. What's so special about the filly, Illusion? Why do the girls have to come up with a scheme to save her? Is there a cure for Mary?
WARNING: Some parts of this story give sad impressions of what may happen. If you have a sensitive child there may be tears before the end!
Book has a good ending. There is no cliff hanger although it does leave you wanting to read the next one. The writing is okay. I found it a little stilted at times BUT I am an adult. A child reading this would likely not sense this at all. The book is clean, NO bad language or any inappropriate behavior. For those who want to know, the girls do pray once in a while when things get tough and they do not know what to do.
I downloaded this book onto my Kindle. I was not required to write a review but chose to do so. Thanks, Liz
Mary is a twelve-year-old handicapped young lady. Her mother died when she was three; no one wants to talk about it. Mary lives with her father and a housekeeper. The story is set in 1952. Her father constantly searches for a possible medical breakthrough to cure his daughter. Mary is strong-willed and determined. Her best friend, Laura, rides and cares for horses at her home. The girls become obsessed with saving a horse named Illusion who needs surgery. They find ways of earning money toward that end.
Mary’s overprotective father frequently gets upset with Mary’s obstinate behavior. Laura and Mary disobey their parents and end up in trouble often, but that means lots of interesting adventures along the way. Will the girls be able to save Illusion? Can Mary’s father find a medical cure to help Laura walk again?
Middle-grade and young adult readers will find the antics of these two friends’ fun and endearing. There is lots of humor and a few surprises in store for readers. Two strong female role models and a tender story of animal love will appeal to a wide audience. Highly recommended. I look forward to reading the sequel.
A cute book with a somewhat serious subject matter. My 7 yr old likes it and we read the book over several nights. My only gripe is the book is somewhat immaturely written. It’s overly descriptive and seems, at times, written by a first time author. Some grammar mistakes as well. My daughter doesn’t mind however, as she has enjoyed the book very much. Some proof reading and editing would help this book tremendously. Would read again and will look for other books by this author bc my daughter enjoyed this one.
This is a wonderful book for any animal lover, especially for a child or adult who has something in life they must overcome to fulfill their dreams. Guess that pretty much includes us all.
Live is full of goals which we must learn to pursue if we really want to achieve our goals. Life is not easy but it is truly very very good. Work, learn, enjoy, and laugh and trust God that he is pursuing His goal of helping us live the best life possible and joining us in an even better world to come.
Here's a positive beautiful book of love, determination, friendship and our relationships with people and animal friends. Read this only if you enjoy feeling happy!!
As Selah's Painted Dream is launched, the interaction of a teen and a grandmother's love of horses once again is in the forefront. Mary's Song is a the story of a determined young woman who is wheel chair bound, but has a spirit that is riding a horse. The struggle for Mary to be physically fit is undertaken by Mary and her wonderful friend who is loyal and adventuresome as well. The progress is realistic and time passages show the need for determination and patience. Trust in The Lord's ability to help Mary is always on the pages. The characters are realistic and the adventures are not predictable.Great read for young girls and all lovers of horses.
Mary and Laura became dearest friends (and friends may wear different socks when they are together). Mary is sitting in a wheelchair. Her dad tries everything to help her walk again. And so does Laura. They both love horses.
They are excited that the Silver Medal at the Olympic Games went to a woman who is sitting in a wheelchair. For Mary and her friend this is clear Mary can dreaming to ride a horse one day. Together the girls moved mountains to take care of a foal.
Will they succeed, will Mary be able to walk again? You have to read the book to know this answer. But I can reveal you that you it is exciting to do so.