Pony Scouts: Back in the Saddle (I Can Read Book 2)

Catherine Hapka
HarperCollins (2011)
ISBN 9780061255410

Reviewed by Madison Schlarman (age 5) and Mom for Reader Views (7/11)


The Pony Scouts are back and this time the girls learn a little about getting back on the horse when things go wrong!  Annie can’t wait until Surprise, the pony they named after its sudden appearance, is big enough to ride!  However, during practice Annie falls off Splash and is reluctant to get back on after such a rattling experience.  With the help of her friends and a nuzzle from Scout, Annie learns perseverance and gets back on the horse.  The riding lesson is full of friendship, fun, and the lessons only life can bring.

Madison’s Thoughts:

“Annie and Jill go to the farm to ride horses.  They do windmills.  The baby horse was looking over.  Annie fell when she heard Surprise.  She was afraid to get back on.  But then she pet Surprise on the nosey and said good little horsey.  Then she got on Surprise after all!  She wasn’t afraid anymore.

I like it!  The baby horse was named Surprise because he was a surprise.  I liked the pictures and the girls.  I would want to be friends with them.  Other kids should read this book because it’s a nice horsey story!  I would tell my friends about it.  I thought the mama should be called Peanut Butter and the baby Apple.  Then you’d have apple and peanut butter!”

Mom’s Thoughts:

The Pony Scouts series is always a joy to read.  “Back in the Saddle” is no different.  In this story the girls are excited about the new foal.  They named him Surprise because they didn’t know his mama, Splash, was pregnant.  During a riding lesson Annie, who isn’t paying close attention, falls off her horse.  Though she is okay, her pride is bruised.  Annie isn’t so sure she wants to get back on the horse this time.  When her friends remind her that it will be easier to get back on right away rather than wait, Annie agrees.  Of course, a little nudge from Surprise doesn’t hurt either!

“Pony Scouts: Back in the Saddle” is cute, fun and great for children learning to read.  There is enough repetition along with unique words and phrases to keep a young reader interested and challenged.  The illustrations make you feel as if you’re in the book with the characters.  My daughters and I enjoyed reading this book.  Madison loves to read about Annie and her friends as well as their horse friends!  I would recommend this book to others.  Children ages 4-8 will benefit from it the most.


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