The second title in the acclaimed easy reader series, now with a new look!
In this chapter book two friends face a number of problems and gamely help each other. Iris wants to ride a horse named Rain. Walter teaches her patience and the way to become friends with the horse. When it comes to going to school, Iris is a little afraid, but Walter convinces her that she is brave. As for Walter, when in school, he is unhappy because the teacher calls him Walt, but he has no idea how to tell her that he prefers his full name. He finally comes up with a solution, thanks to a message from Iris. While the horse situation in particular may be improbable, it and the other stories are empowering for young kids who solve their problems without adult assistance. Kids will like Iris and Walter and will also enjoy seeing the stories play out through the pen and ink watercolors by Davenier. 2001, Harcourt, . Ages 5 to 8. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot