Book Review: The Gift


On a beautiful August day, Alix Moore settled on buying a horse named Honey Moon from a small farm in Maryland. What she initially thought was a calm and steady trail horse soon turned into a volatile, nervous animal. Training sessions were full of anger and anxiety as Moore wondered why the horse seemed incapable of learning.

 

The Gift: How My Horse Taught Me to Teach the Toughest Children chronicles the breakthrough moment that helped Moore become a better horse trainer and apply that new-found knowledge to her job teaching at-risk students. Alternating between anecdotes about her horses and her students, Moore presents her teaching toolkit for others to follow. The examples and stories are both informative and uplifting. Moore’s toolkit is not only useful for teachers, but also for parents and caregivers. She presents her ideas with an elegant simplicity that is inspiring and accessible.

 

My only small complaint is that the author relies too much on the use of italics for certain flashback sequences. As someone with sensitive eyes, reading pages of narrative in italics is uncomfortable. It is a minor issue, but one I bring up for others who have similar eye conditions.

 

Reviewer Note: I was given a comp copy of this book for review.

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