Monday, January 31, 2011

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: Spring Babies


Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: Spring Babies
By Erica Silverman
Harcourt Children's Books, 2010. Unpaged. Easy Readers.

Kate is a young girl who takes care of her farm, especially her best friend, talking horse Cocoa. In the first chapter, they witness the birth of a new calf on the farm. Next, Kate and Cocoa try to train it, with no luck, as Cocoa just wants to spring and buck like the little calf. Chapter 3 features a visit from Kate’s friend Jenny who brings a new puppy to play with, making Cocoa quite jealous. The book ends with Cocoa waking Kate because he hears ghosts calling in the stable. They discover it is only more spring babies – sweet baby owls. A perfect fit for early girl readers who love horses and may be transitioning from My Little Pony picture books to Saddle Club chapter books.

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