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Captive Heart
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Caller ID
Summer of Secrets
On Little Wings
We Lived in Heaven: Spiritual Accounts of Souls Coming to Earth
Christ's gifts to women
A Woman's power: threads that bind us to god
Scary School
Hope's journey
Targets in Ties
Crater Lake: Battle for Wizard Island
With a Name like Love
Sean Griswold's head

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2022 Goodreads Reading Challenge

2022 Reading Challenge

2022 Reading Challenge
Sheila has read 6 books toward her goal of 90 books.

Monday, June 13, 2022

Pumpkin's Story: The True Story of How One Little Horse Learned to Run By Aubre Andrus-Non-Fiction Children's Book Review

 Product Details

Title: Pumpkin's Story: The True Story of How One Little Horse Learned to Run

Author: Aubre Andrus

Publisher: Scholastic

Format: Paperback Book

Pages: 224

Ages: 4-9

Grades: 2nd-7th

ISBN# 9781338575651

This book was purchased at the Scholastic Book Fair at my school.

Book Summary
When Pumpkin the miniature horse was born, there was something wrong with her legs. It hurt the little horse to walk or even stand. She needed help--and fast.

Luckily, Pumpkin and her mom were rescued by Twist of Fate Farm and Sanctuary. The sanctuary's founder knew that Pumpkin was special. She would do whatever it took to help her.

Pumpkin got lots of love from her animal and human families--plus the support of thousands of online fans from across the globe. Together they helped Pumpkin beat the odds and learn to run!

This true story told in novel form was in partnership with The Dodo, maker of lovable animal videos, and Scholastic.

My Review
I read this book to my second-grade class. I'm reviewing this book from the perspective of my students and how they liked the book. This book was written for children, so if you don't want to read a book for kids, then pass this one by. Or better yet, read it to your kids at home or students at school.

I've found that children love to learn about animals. They have big hearts too. So, they instantly loved this sweet little miniature dwarf pony that was born with defects in her legs. Every day they were so excited to learn more about Pumpkin and whether or not she'd be able to run someday. They also fell in love with Ashley's son, Duncan. Ashley is the owner of Twist of Fate Farm and Sanctuary. It was so inspiring to see the love and hard work that Ashley gives to the animals that come in her care. By the end of this book, there were so many kids that wanted to know how they could help animals. This led to many wonderful discussions about animals that need our help in sanctuaries, Humane Societies, Rehabs like Idaho Black Bear Rehab that I support (, and animals out in the wild. 

Pumpkin's Story makes a great class Read-Aloud, a book for individual reading, and for parents and kids to read together. Make sure to watch the DoDo Video about Pumpkin's Story with your own kids or class. This heart-warming story is one that creates empathy and also is very inspiring. 

****Watch the Video About Pumpkin's Story****

To help with Pumpkin's ongoing care, you can support Twist of Fate Farm & Sanctuary: You can also keep up with Pumpkin on Instagram: Love Animals? Subscribe:

Meet Author Aubre Andrus
Aubre Andrus is the award-winning children's book author of The Look Up Series, a nonfiction biography series featuring real women in S.T.E.A.M. careers. She also has written dozens of books for National Geographic Kids, Lonely Planet Kids, American Girl, Disney, Scholastic, and young YouTube stars. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her family where she's the founder and CEO of Adjective Animal Publishing, an indie kids press. 

Head to to learn more about virtual school visits or find her on Instagram at @aubreandrus.

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