Storm and the Magic Saddle

Rated 5.00/5 based on 12 reviews
Storm is a most unusual horse. Under saddle he is a show stopping magnificent steed. Remove the saddle, and he is the cross between Dennis the Menace and Goofy. Life at the Doyle household is turned upside down when the family purchases Storm. He has little knowledge of the real world. His pasture mates are dumbfounded by his naiveté. For heaven sakes, he arrived not even sure what his name is! More

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About Donald Dahl

Donald Dahl and his wife Robin lived in Granbury Texas and adopted Gold Storm Warning (Storm) and Li’l Liza Jane (Liza) when they were each about 2 years old. The personality of each horse is as described throughout the book. The two are inseparable and madly in love. To this day, Liza is prissy and Storm is still the cross between Goofy and Dennis the Menace until his saddle is donned. As a youngster he was prone to accidents, broke water spigots, and was often found trapped in the pasture fence. He has often demonstrated the unique ability to open gates, latches, and picket lines. Several fellow horse campers gave him the nickname Horsedini after finding him loose several nights in a row. For a few years, Storm and Liza shared a pasture with Bucky and Dasher, who are described accurately in the book. Donald and Robin have since moved to Washington State and currently reside with Storm, Liza, and Snuggles. The extraordinary personality of Storm coupled with his interaction with Liza, Bucky, and Dasher inspired Donald to write Storm and The Magic Saddle.

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Review by: Frank D'Andrea on July 14, 2012 :
I just finished "Storm and the Magic Saddle". I found it to be a fun read from the first page all the way through to the last page. The characters in the story are engaging and likable, especially the non-humans. The author did a good job of weaving in a good deal of information about horses so that it was interesting and without being dry. The story also presents wholesome character and moral lessons. The book is intended for kids and I would highly recommend it for them. Parents can have their children read this without concern. If you're a little older than that demographic, as I am, I think that you should also find the book well worth your time to read.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
Review by: Bonnie Howlingcrane on July 12, 2012 :
This is a wonderful book for kids of all ages...it kept my attention from page one...although this is a long book I read it all at one sitting because I couldn't put it down, the dialog between the animals is very entertaining..as a horse owner I can see the personalities of the horses and the other animals that hang around around the barn, the human family is a very wholesome all american family as well..this book has many layers to it..fun, about doing the right thing, adventure and a bit of mystery as well..this book is the best horse book since "My Friend Flicka" well worth your time..I have recommended it to all my friends and can't wait for my grandchildren to be old enough that I can enjoy reading it to them!
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
Review by: Michael Guerini on June 16, 2012 :
picked this book up about a week ago and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story. The horses are wonderful and have interesting conversations. I completely love the interactions of the horses with Buzz as well as the Armadillo. As a horseman, I appreciate the good quality horsemanship advice that this book shares. Reta, Dave, Donnie and Robbie are a great wholesome family. Dr. Adams is a great character and I think he reminds me of an old veterinarian I know.

I strongly recommend this book for children, YA and horse lovers.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
Review by: Elizabeth Campbell on May 24, 2012 :
Reading is not one of my most favorite things to do. Don talked to me about the book and thought I might like it and keep my attention. I live in Kentucky horse country and thought it might be a fun read. Over the course of a week I was able to sit down and read most of Storm and the Magic Saddle interrupted by moving family. This past
week I was able to sit down and finish the book. I really liked the book and the characters especially the way Don humanized the animals. There were times the characters tickled me and made me laugh. I very much enjoyed the story and its outcome showing good things happen. Lisa tickled me because it reminds me of someone I know very well. I think this is an excellent book for anyone to read and enjoy.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Review by: Elizabeth Campbell on May 24, 2012 :
Reading is not one of my most favorite things to do. Don talked to me about the book and thought I might like it and so I gave it a try. I live in Kentucky horse country and thought it might be a fun read. Over the course of a week I was able to sit down and read most of Storm and the Magic Saddle interrupted by moving family. This past
week I was able to sit down and finish the book. I really liked the book and the characters especially the way Don humanized the animals. There were times the characters tickled me and made me laugh. I very much enjoyed the story and its outcome showing good things happen. Lisa tickled me because it reminds me of someone I know very well. I think this is an excellent book for anyone to read and enjoy.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Review by: Pennelope Belle on March 13, 2012 : (no rating)
Sorry Don, er, bill...tried to read the book....check out some of the teaching material, inaccurate....and some of the words..."naivete" (how many young children know what this is. Reminds me of an old Dick Van Dyke t.v. show where Dick tries to write a children's book and uses the word "morose" instead of sad....how many children know what morose is? It was used in the comedy, as a bad example....how NOT to write a children's book. I thought this was a place where we could read a book, and give an honest opinion. This criticism was offered in a helpful manner, sorry if it was taken otherwise. Honesty is a very important attribute, and should be practiced, don't you think?
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
Review by: bill gadberry on March 11, 2012 :
I have read Storm and the Magic Saddle and find it a great book for children as well as adults. It has a great story line, great characters which includes animal and human interaction as well as good moral fabric and ending. What I find troubling is a person named Pennelope Belle who has made critical review of the book but provides no substance nor backup for criticism. It appears this person has either not read the book or reads things into the book not there and to which shows the person knows nothing about what children should read let alone anything about horses. Appears there is another agenda in mind, say politics to vilify. I recognize this person from a social network. I find the criticism of factual material laughable since in part it is a fictional story and yet what information is not correct? As far as I'm concerned I find the review by that person to be totally inaccurate, inept and not full of any substance whatsoever. Next time read the book and at least give some kind of substance to your review. I rate the review by Pennelope Belle a big fat -0-and should be removed from this site. I rate Storm and the Magic Saddle....Read my previous review) five stars...
(reviewed 58 days after purchase)
Review by: Pennelope Belle on March 11, 2012 : (no rating)
Sorry Don, stick with the How To, and Gambling books! This book was intended for children, but much of the writing failed to relate to children. I think you had a good idea, but got lost in trying to belittle certain people as villains, instead of entertaining children. Also, being a breeder, and horse lover for many years, I found much of your so called "factual" material inaccurate. Perhaps if you had done your homework, you could have added some accurate information. I found the book to be slow and boring. Sorry, I can't recommend this book to anyone.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Review by: Shannon Fleury on March 5, 2012 :
This a fantastic book, written for anyone who loves horses, or reading about them. A little bit of learning in there too, without being over the top.
Absolutely loved the characters, and laughed lots while reading this book. Being a horse owner, I can see a lot of things happening, as did with Storm and the family!
The dual perspective from animals and people is great, and keeps the story entertaining from all sides.
A MUST read, I highly recommend!!
(reviewed 40 days after purchase)
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