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First Horse I See
Before she died, Willo's mother made her father promise that Willo could finally have a horse. Her grandfather warns her: don't fall in love with the first horse that you see. But Willo does-with Tess, a feisty ex-racehorse who has been mistreated by her former owners. Willo is convinced she can tame her, despite her father's doubts. She has her trainer, Diana, and Diana's ...more
Hardcover, 215 pages
Published October 23rd 2000 by Turtleback Books
(first published June 21st 1999)
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I thought this book was alright. Being a horse lover, I enjoyed reading it, but thought it was too similar to many other horse stories I have read. It was about a girl named Willo who has lost her mother and who's father is rarely home. She lives with her grandfather. Before her mother died, she told Willo that she could have a horse. Willo falls in love with the first horse she visits, a sickly, underfed, high-strung mare named Tess. Her father gives her one week to tame Tess, or else he will s ...more
Willojean falls in love with the first horse she sees, an abused race horse. She must win her father’s trust and approval for her choice along with cope with her father’s alcoholism. And then there is her first love of a boy. Through it all stands her grandfather and her determination to ride as one with her horse, Tess. Sometimes I’m uncomfortable with this author’s style of writing but her characters and plot are excellent.