Easygoing savoir-faire, this lighthearted romp at a Texas ranch is fun, charming and filled with the adventures of an irrepressible young horse named Chester. Perfect for pre- and beginning readers, Hot on the Range is written by new author R.D. Jentsch and illustrated by David C. Bryant. The tale begins with two horses seeking shelter from the sweltering Texas sun. Willie, a laid back palomino ambles over to a shady spot under a tree, while Chester a paint horse, looks under rocks and every other corner of the pasture to find relief. From rolling in the mud to smelling cactus flowers, it will be Chesterâ€™s own master who will save the day with a cool stream of icy water from the outdoor spigot. Recommended for an award in childrenâ€™s literary fiction, this book is loosely based on the behavior of two real horses and proves to be a whole lot of summer fun for the whole family.
I received a copy of “Hot on the Range” by R.D. Jentsch for review with my 4 1/2 year old daughter, Bridget. Bridget loves to be read to and she loves horses so I knew this would be a book she would enjoy. Bridget enjoyed the book and seeing the bright pictures and see what kinds of things Chester, the main character, would do to try and cool off. She thought some of things Chester did to try and beat the heat were pretty funny and laughed in a few parts. After reading the book, Bridget asked if we could get a horse! I had to tell her that our yard was too small for a horse, but that I would take her horseback riding someday.
As a mom, I found “Hot on the Range” to be delightful and entertaining and just the right length for a bedtime story. It captured my daughter’s interest and I even enjoyed reading it too! If you are looking for a unique and fun book for your child, then I highly recommend “Hot on the Range” by R.D. Jentsch. It’s a keeper!
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*