Thursday, June 5, 2014

Clothed With Thunder Book Review by Vicki Watson

After sitting through a 4-H demonstration on the evolution of the horse, Rosie and Carrie are determined to present the arguments for creation at the club’s next meeting. The demonstration proves harder to put together than they imagined as everyone offers the girls their opinions. The lessons Rosie learns about creation extend into her life in surprising ways as she faces her old adversary, Billy King, who cheated her out of her first trophy with her pony, Scamper.

About the Author: Vicki Watson My love of horses began when a teenage neighbor offered me my first ride, on the back of her horse. From my 8-year-old perspective, it seemed like the biggest horse in the world. From that moment on, I was addicted. Horses were to become a very important part of my life, although I never could have imagined, at the time, how much God would teach me about Himself and my relationship to Him through these wonderful animals.

The Sonrise Stable series combines my love of God and horses in stories that I hope will help children learn more about both. I have a vision for ten initial books in the series, taking the main characters through one year. Beyond that I’ll see where God leads me.

I have been blessed with three daughters and homeschooled each of them through high school. I enjoy trail riding my Rocky Mountain mare, Nikki, hiking, photography, and playing guitar. I work from home as a web designer and computer programmer and enjoy the variety and flexibility that allows.

My Thoughts:

This is the first book that I read from Vicki Watson and it won’t be the last. Clothed with Thunder is the third book in the Sonrise Stables series. I was able to follow along in this book and the book stands alone without me reading the other two in the series. I plan on buying the other books in the series after reading such a wonderful book.

 As a homeschool mom I enjoy reading books to my children where the main characters are homeschooled. Usually the kids are in a public school setting and my kids don’t relate to some of the situations. My kids will enjoy this book and the familiar homeschool setting. I look forward to adding this to our read out louds this coming year.

This book is a chapter book that I think both girls and boys will enjoy. Age range for this book would be around 6-10.

The main characters in this story are Rosie and Carrie. They are both delightful characters that have a passion for God and for searching for the truth. Their adventure begins when they are at 4-H and hear a presentation about evolution of the horse.

All the character are very likable and could easily be the people in your own community. Vicki Watson does a wonderful job with a very realistic story that you can relate to. Very good writing.

I love that the girls do their own research into the evolution of horses. I think it’s great for kids to read stories with kids looking into things and not to just believe everything we hear without investigating it ourselves. The story goes into the facts instead of just saying that evolution is wrong. Not only do your kids get a good story but, they are getting taught Biblical facts about the debate of creationism and evolution. I love it when a book can have and educational factor mixed into a fun read. The whole horse theme just makes this story better. If you have a horse lover then this will be a real treat. 

What I love the most in this story is the strong faith in God, family, and finding the importance of forgiving others. Thank you for an amazing story. I look forward to more books from Vicki Watson.

I received a free copy of this book to review from CWA Review Crew.  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations

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