Ellie feels the need to prove that her backyard horse Dream is worthy of love and attention. After a few mishaps at school, Ellie arranges a race to showcase Dream and some other horses . . . but then Dream gets sick, and it could be very serious . . .
With all her attention focused on proving Dream's worth, Ellie lets some of her other duties slip, and then she feels guilty for asking God to heal Dream. Ellie learns about the power of prayer and casting her cares on God. She also learns the simple truth that God loves her and wants her to come to him in prayer to confess her sins and repent. In addition, she realizes that her family loves her too as they pull together to support her and Dream.
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In Chasing Dream, Ellie yearns for people to see her horse, Dream, as more than your typical horse. She wants people to think that Dream is a great horse. Ellie sets up a competitive horse race for her 4th grade class thinking that Dream would win. However, much to her dismay, Dream loses heart in the middle of the race causing them to lose first place. As Ellie thinks of something else to show off Dream’s greatness to her peers, Dream starts to behave strangely. First, she keeps getting out of her yard by jumping the fence. Then, she starts to shy away from others. Finally, she paws the ground anxiously and when she refuses to jump jumps, Ellie knows that something is terribly wrong with Dream. After Dream is diagnosed with colic, Ellie finally realizes what is more important than getting her peers’ awe of Dream: loving Dream and others for being as they are just as God loves Ellie for being Ellie. This is a great book for tween/teen horse lovers. As an adult, I found this book to have a good message of accepting others for who they are and loving them as God loves us.
Horse lovers will enjoy this very charming series. Ellie shows her love for her horse, Dream, in sweet ways, and I enjoyed her quirks. I like the way she thanks God for the happy times as well as going to him when things are tough. The family and friends support her when trouble comes, as well. I like the sign language alphabet and the horse talk in the back.
Chasing Dream is the third book I’ve read to my girls in the Backyard Horses series. All the books read pretty much the same. They are fun horse stories with good morals. There are fun horse facts in the back and a chart to learn some sign language. The stories are a bit slow, but other than that, they are sweet stories.
Backyard Horses was exactly the series I was looking for for my daughters, who love Jesus, love horses, and are in 2nd grade. Miss Mackall also wrote a series for older readers called "Winnie the Horse Gentler" and I tried that first but I'd recommend it for middle school students and up. Besides being harder to read, those books sometimes deal with harder issues that wouldn't be understandable by anyone younger than pre-teen. Backyard Horses, however, is a fairly new series and is written at around a 2nd/3rd grade reading level. Love, love, love this series!
My daughters love Ellie, the heroine of the story! Ellie is a sweet, oftentimes feisty, day-dreaming 4th grader. In the first book, she often day-dreamed about her own horse. She did an "science" experiment... begged, cried, and prayed for a horse of her own. God answered that prayer and brought her a palomino horse she named Dream, hence her new horse's name and this books title "Chasing Dream". Because it's a continuing story, I recommend reading the first and second books but you definitely don't have to do that in order to enjoy Chasing Dream.
I highly recommend this book to elementary school children. It's filled with a good story, important lessons, and a little girl who puts her hope in God. I highly recommend Chasing Dream as well as Horse Dreams, Cowboy Colt, and Nightmare, the others in the series. By the way, you can earn this book for free by participating in Tyndale's Summer Reading Program through the end of August!
Ellie James is determined to prove that her horse, Dream, is the best horse in the area after an incident at school where Dream mysteriously was found in the school library. Ellie divises a plan to show everyone how great Dream is by setting up a race, but along the way near tragedy takes place and Ellie learns valuable lessons about faith and trusting in God.
This is a well written novel printed in an easy to read format for young readers. I believe that young horse-lovers will be especially drawn to this story. They may even be a bit jealous of Ellie's "backyard horse" I know I wish I could keep my horse in the backyard! The characters were well done, and I liked how relate-able Ellie was as a character and how great and supportive her family was. This book carried a solid message, about knowing God is there through the hard times and through the good, which only adds to it's appeal.
Overall, this is a book that will charm and delight young horse-loving readers, full of heart and real-life lessons. A book that I happily recommend!
Chasing Dream by Dandi Daley Mackall is a great book and easy read. This book is definitely written for younger readers but readers of all ages will enjoy the story and love its Christian values. A must read if you’ve already read the first book in this series.