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Iris and Walter, True Friends (Iris and Walter)
Sometimes it takes a friend to help solve a problem. So when Iris announces that she really wants to ride the wild horse Rain, Walter comes up with the perfect plan to help her.
Paperback, 44 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by HMH Books for Young Readers
(first published 2001)
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Loved it except for one thing. These children, about age 7, are messing around with a horse with no adult supervision, no saddle, no helmet?! Yes I know that in the old days small children rode horses heedlessly, but they grew up with them. Iris is a city girl; she doesn't know what she's getting into.
This is the story of friends Iris and Walter, and how they are able to each help the other with a problem. Haden-Guest’s early-reader is broken up into four chapters: two separate stories, each focusing on one of our character’s problems. In the first story Iris wants to befriend Rain, the horse, and is able to do so until Walter gently provides guidance on how to approach a shy animal. Walter doesn’t know what to do when his new teacher calls him by a nickname, rather than his preferred full na ...more
Apr 25, 2012 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: beginning readers and parents reading with them
This is an interesting story that shows Walter teaching Iris how to be quiet and calm in order to allow a horse to get to know her and trust her as well as teaching her how to behave around the horse. The story is broken up into four short chapters (and overall, two short stories) and would be great to encourage beginning readers to try reading a "chapter book." The watercolor illustrations are a little blurry and indistinct in many places, but I liked the expressions on the people's faces. Over ...more