Libby of High Hopes

Libby of High Hopes

Hardback Paula Wiseman Books

By (author) Elise Primavera, Illustrated by Elise Primavera

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  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
  • Format: Hardback | 185 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 193mm x 20mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 12 June 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1416955429
  • ISBN 13: 9781416955429
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,376,195

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It takes meeting the horse of her dreams for Libby Thump to finally live up to her potential in this chapter book series from New York Times "bestselling author and illustrator Elise Primavera. Ten-year-old Libby Thump loves two things: her dog Margaret and horses. She dreams about them, draws them all the time, and more than anything she wants to take lessons and learn to ride like a real horsewoman. But when her mother decides to give the lessons to her older sister instead, Libby is beside herself. Libby's mom says Brittany needs the lessons more, to cure her "boy crazy phase"--and she also wants Libby to be "more girly," like Brittany. But Libby just wants to be herself. With charismatic optimism and determination, Libby hopes she can talk her parents into seeing her perspective. And in the meantime, at least she can visit the stables and see her favorite horse, Princess.... This all-new series featuring text and illustrations from Elise Primavera, of Auntie Claus and Louise the Big Cheese acclaim, will appeal to anyone interested in horses--or who knows the value of having a good friend.

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Elise Primavera is the author and illustrator of the New York Times "bestselling Auntie Claus series and the popular Gum Street Girls Series. She is also the author of the Louise the Big Cheese books and other award-winning titles. She lives in New Jersey, and you can visit her at ElisePrimavera.com.

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Libby Thump is almost 11 years old and loves horses. She spends a lot of her time in her room with her dog Margaret, which gives her more time to dream about horses and to draw them. She really wishes she could have a horse, or at least learn to ride one.It looks like life is just going to be drawing pictures of horses and not actually getting to ride them. But that all changes when she --- no, it's actually Margaret --- discovers a nearby, rather run-down horse stable called High Hopes Horse Farm. LIBBY OF HIGH HOPES would be a fantastic read-aloud in the classroom and would probably be equally enjoyed by girls and boys. It's a fresh story with some good life lessons and well-developed characters (including the horses)." Elise Primavera has beautifully captured the quirky and sweet personality of Libby, a delightful little character who struggles with the "potential" problem like any girl her age. There's hardly any little girl who doesn't go through her horse-loving phase, but Libby takes hers all the way. She finds out what potential is, but not before making plenty of mistakes while also helping other people in ways she doesn't understand. LIBBY OF HIGH HOPES would be a fantastic read-aloud in the classroom and would probably be equally enjoyed by girls and boys. It's a fresh story with some good life lessons and well-developed characters (including the horses). We hope that Primavera will give us more books about Libby Thump very soon. Reviewed by Sally M. Tibbetts on June 30, 2012 --Kidsreads.com