HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Quincy Finds a New Home
Author: Camille Matthews
Illustrator: Michelle Black
Publisher: Pathfinder Equine Publications, 2009
Related website: www.quincythehorse.com (series)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 4-9
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Matthews, Camille. Quincy Finds a New Home (published in 2009 by Pathfinder Equine Publications LLC, 1908 Glade Rd., Farmington, NM 87401). If you ever had to move from one house to another, how did you feel? Quincy is a little horse who is the color of a new penny. He lives on a farm with a red barn and loves to ride the trails in the forest with the owner of the farm and his children. When spring comes, Quincy waits for someone to put on his saddle, but no one comes except the neighbor man to fill Quincy’s water tank. Finally a man and a woman come with a white horse trailer to tell Quincy that he has a new owner and a new home. They take him to a large barn with many stalls where he makes friends with another horse named Beau. This barn has an outdoor arena that is full of jumps. Quincy watches other horses jump the jumps and win lots of ribbons. But he doesn’t know how to jump jumps or win ribbons. What is he going to do?
Horses can be extremely gorgeous creatures, and most children dearly love them. Author Camille Matthews uses a horse to tell an endearing story about change and growth that is both exciting and reassuring for youngsters, who will also enjoy looking at the striking, full-page oil paintings by illustrator Michelle Black. Between the two, Camille and Michelle have done just about everything with horses but say that the creation of the Quincy the Horse series is their favorite project. Quincy Finds a New Home, which was a 2010 Mom’s Choice Gold Award recipient, is a tale not just of horses but also of love, security, and wisdom. I found it quite a delightful book.