Short Stories With Andrea Carter & Circle C Adventures #Review
We have quite a history with Susan K Marlow’s character Andrea Carter. Like so many other fans, we’ve read about her early years in Circle C Beginnings, watched her grow through Circle C Adventures, and finally enter her teenage years in Circle C Milestones. And the funny thing about avid fans… they ask questions. They’re curious, and want to know the “rest” of the story. They pester the author… “But what happened to this person? What happened before to cause this story? What else should we know?”
Andi’s author, Ms. Marlow, decided the best way to share some of these details was through a collection of short stories, titled Tales from the Circle C Ranch. Like all of the Circle C titles, it’s possible to expand the fun and increase the learning with additional study materials. To accompany Tales from the Circle C Ranch, we received the digital edition of Andrea Carter’s Tales from the Circle C Ranch Learning Lapbook. Approximately 40 pages long, it includes study guides, mini-booklets, full-color images, and complete instructions on how to create a lapbook.
There are a total of eleven stories gathered in this book. Four of the stories refer to “The Early Years”, and cover a span of time before and during Circle C Beginnings. The latter seven tales span about the same time period as Circle C Adventures, filling in some of the times between books. It’s recommended as the “perfect companion book” for making the transitions between the series, as the stories become more challenging and longer in length much like the novels themselves as one progresses through each of the series.
While the primary draw of Andrea Carter and Circle C Ranch was initially that evergreen favorite, girls and horses, all set in 1880s California, what really keeps us coming back to this series is how likable – and realistically – that Andi is portrayed. She’s never perfect, never a goody-two-shoes, and she’s well aware of her struggles, but she always strives to be a better person and to meet whatever life sends her way with both a positive attitude, or, if she can’t manage that, at least a determination to make it all better, somehow.
This is a mindset that I can whole-heartedly approve of, and while I don’t restrict my daughter’s reading to just those things of a positive nature – books and stories help us learn how to deal with both the good AND the bad things in life, and there’s no point in pretending the bad things won’t happen – I really appreciate it when we find books that are both uplifting and a joy to read.
Cheyenne’s favorite story is White Christmas, in which they all go out seeking a Christmas tree… and get stuck in a storm! As for me, I think my favorite has to be Britches Are Not For Little Girls. I could totally sympathize with Andi’s desire for practical riding clothing (and irritation with dresses), but what really got to me in the end was the way that it illustrated the nature of relationship between Andi and her father. Call me sappy, but this story was the heart-breaker of the bunch, for this mama!
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