Horses or school? Bullies or friends? Thick as Thieves is a great book, that brings you back to the 1880s and yet you can take lessons from this book and let your children use them today!
This is the first in the Circle C Milestones Collection and is an Andrea Carter story. While this is the first in the Circle C Milestones, there are many previous Andrea Carter stories written by Susan K. Marlow. As a part of the School House Review Crew, my family had the chance to read Thick as Thieves.
Thick as Thieves is a paperback book with 172 pages. There is an optional downloadable Study Guide to go with this story as well. We did not utilize the study guide…yet. (That will be coming up in our future though.) The study guide has everything you need to make this into a wonderful literature study, working on vocabulary, grammar, similes and many more fun activities!
We used the book as a read aloud…however, there were two bookmarks in this book. One of those for the read aloud time, and one for mommy, who couldn’t put it down!
While there is a girl on the cover, and a girl for the main character, my boys were just as interested in this book as Little Miss was. Once I started reading it to them, the whole girl thing disappeared, and they just wanted to know what was going to happen next.
Thick as Thieves starts out telling us about Andrea (Andi) and her horse Taffy, who is in labor. As soon as we become attached to Andi, we find out her struggles with leaving the horse and foals (sorry if that is a spoiler!) to go back to school…only to have to now deal with a new student/bully in Macy. We get caught up in how to handle the situations at hand, and how to react to those situations. I was able to stop after each chapter, or two, and we spent time talking about how we would handle these situations.
Andi handles her situations as hand very well. She is the prime example of how to handle a bully. I loved being able to share her decisions with my children so that they can have an idea of how to handle a bully. Because of the way Andi handles Macy, she is able to now use this later on in the story. Just as the principal has been telling the boys, “Every action has a reaction. You decide what your action is, and that will decide what the reaction will be.” This holds true for this story!
We have finished the story and have just now printed the study guide. We did not use it during the story for two reasons. Moe Man is not a fan of study guides. If he doesn’t know there is a study guide, he will enjoy the story more instead of stressing out. We were able to enjoy the story and talk about it as we went along. Now that we have been able to enjoy the story we can go back and take our time with the study guide. We don’t have to feel rushed to get it down so we can find out what happens and we can enjoy the story a second time with a whole new perspective on the story.
We really enjoyed this story and look forward to Heartbreak Trail, book 2, when it comes out later this year. My only problem with this book, I did not have it on my Kindle for the simple one handed reading…lol. If that is the only problem, I think this is a book you should read! I already have plans to loan my book out to friends who have kids that could benefit from the story. Don’t take our word on the wonderful story, head on over and read some of the other reviews from the Schoolhouse Review Crew.