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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
The Gift by Rebecca J Hubbard is a story of the trials of friendship. Eleven-year-old Pip just wants a friend. For her birthday, her dad buys her a colt and Pip thinks that they will be friends straightaway. She is angry and disappointed that Buck doesn’t seem to want to be her friend. In fact, he keeps running away from her. Her dad helps her to understand that friendship doesn’t come that easily and helps her to understand how to make Buck her friend. Buck has his own story to tell. He spent the first three years of his life with a large herd, but finds himself lonely and friendless when he moves to Pip’s house. He wants to feel safe but doesn’t understand how a human can help him. Together Buck and Pip must learn the true meaning of friendship.
The Gift by Rebecca J Hubbard was a nice story. It was unique, being told in two halves, first from Pip’s point of view and then from Buck’s. The way the story is written will appeal to children of all ages and some will even find the second half funny, with some of the descriptions that Buck uses to describe Pip! I liked the addition of the illustrations as they help to bring it to life. There are also a few lessons in life for children to learn here, about how to make true friendships. It was a good move on the author’s part to write the story in two parts, from two points of view, as it shows children that there are always two sides to everything, two viewpoints from which to see a situation. Nice book, well written, and I highly recommend it.