Saturday, April 19, 2014

Quincy and Buck (Quincy) by Camille Matthews with illustrations by Michelle Black (Review and E-Book Giveaway)

Age Range: 5 - 7 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2
Series: Quincy the Horse Books
Publisher: Pathfinder Equine Publications
ISBN-13: 978-0981924045

My thoughts:  There is just something special about a book about horses that seems to capture the attention and love of children. Well, others, too, but especially children.  This book about a horse named Quincy is a gently told story of how the horse is afraid of the dessert and what he will face there. So because of his fear, his opportunity to ride the trail – which is in the dessert – is limited. And Quincy does love to get out and ride.

Quincy’s best friend, Beau, another quarter horse whose stall is next to Quincy’s, isn’t afraid and gets to ride the trail. Beau encourages Quincy to face his fears. Quincy gets the opportunity to do just that when his owner and another lady bring Buck to go together on a ride. So instead of choosing Beau to go, Quincy is chosen.   Quincy soon has a different challenge because Buck is a bully. As the story unfolds, Quincy deals with his fears and copes with Buck’s bullying tactics. He also learns that even a bully has fears.

This gentle story is filled with lovely paintings depicting the horses. The horses are particularly well done, in my opinion.

I would say this is a good book for various libraries because it is a good, enjoyable and educational book for young children or for you to gift that special child in your life.
About Quincy and Quincy's "people." Author Camille Matthews was born in Lexington, KY and now lives near Reading, PA. She is a clinical social worker, equestrian, and equine assisted growth and learning specialist. The real Quincy, whose early experiences inspired the stories, is an American quarter horse. Now 24 years old, he is still working with Matthews as part of the equine therapy team. Michelle Black is an artist residing in La Plata, NM.
GIVEAWAY: The author is giving one of Chat With Vera's readers an E-Book copy of Quincy and Buck. Begins April 19 & ENDS May 5 @ 12:01 a.m. EDT. 
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DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy was provided to me by the author in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own. The e-book giveaway copy is provided to the winner by the author.


  1. all horses but <3 black beauty

  2. My 4 year old daughter is obsessed with horses! Everything evolves around a horse. She's always been fascinated by them. Probably came from her favorite movie, Spirit.

  3. Quincy does equine therapy. How interesting.

  4. the paintings do look lovely! and love the premise of this story too!
    Thanks for sharing some really great reads on Kidlit Bloghop Vera.
    -Reshama @Stackingbooks

  5. This sounds like a very sweet book. The illustrations are amazing! Thanks for sharing this on the hop.

  6. Saw the horses on the cover and had to stop by. What beautiful paintings! That's for sharing this on the Kid Lib Blog Hop.

  7. I like to ride horses this is not something I've been able to do much in my life but it is such a great feeling to be in nature riding on a horse. They are just such beautiful creatures.

  8. My granddaughters love books about animals

  9. I learned that two ladies, Camille and Michelle, wrote and illustrated this series of books.


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