Book Review of The Adventures of Tally Ho!
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Written by Ann Frailey
Illustrated by Christine deShazo
Ages 5-8 | 42 Pages
Publisher: A. K. Frailey Books | ISBN-13: 9780997067552
What to Expect: Family, nature, faith, home, farming, self-sufficiency.
Tally-Ho lives a life full of wonder and joy, spending her days homeschooling, helping her family with chores, exploring nature, and playing with her brothers and sisters. Sometimes there are things to be worried about, like the big black snake that crosses the yard or the coyotes that howl in the night—but luckily, Tally Ho has a loving family to keep her safe and show her that there’s no danger that can harm her in her home. Whether she’s helping move a swarm of bees into a hive or petting the fluffy, newly hatched chicks, there is always something magical happening to Tally-Ho on the farm!
With an old-fashioned air reminiscent of Swallows and Amazons or Anne of Green Gables, The Adventures of Tally-Ho is bursting with warm and comforting scenes of idyllic pastoral childhood. Tally-Ho spends her days exploring the beauty of nature and being a productive member of a happy family, and each story in the book balances instruction with playfulness. Told convincingly from the child’s point of view, the narration encourages readers to relate to Tally-Ho’s desires, worries, and delights. At the same time, Christine deShazo’s sunny watercolor illustrations help bring the woods and farm to vibrant life.
The Adventures of Tally-Ho is an excellent choice for providing gentle moral modeling and entertainment at the same time.
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About the Author
As a teacher with a degree in Elementary Education who has taught in big cities and small towns, Ann Frailey homeschooled all of her children. She manages her rural homestead with her kids and their numerous critters. She writes books and a Friday blog alternating between short stories and her My Road Goes Ever On series.
Her nonfiction work focuses on the intersection of motherhood, widowhood, practicing gratitude, and rediscovering joy.
Her fiction novels expand from the OldEarth world to the Newearth universe—where deception rules but truth prevails.
She earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing for Entertainment from Full Sail University.
In her spare time, she serves as an election judge, a literacy tutor, and secretary/treasurer of her small town’s cemetery.
For more information, https://akfrailey.com/tally-ho/.
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