Sunbeam, By Wanda Wyont
Sunbeam, by Wanda Wyont is about an American Saddle-bred. It is delivered to Kim’s house by mistake. Kim is a young girl that dreams of being a cowgirl. As Sunbeam is unloaded from the trailer, she thinks her dream has come true. But her happiness soon turns to despair when the error is recognized. When her father learns about the mistake he drives the family out to the stables to take a look at the champion horse. The visit to the stables provides unexpected opportunities. As a book writer and educator, Wyont included a list of teaching strategies. The story is based on the author’s experience as a child.
Wyont’s books are learning experiences. With very few books dealing with sadness and disappointment, the author demonstrates how the character felt. During book presentations, children identify and share their own experiences of sadness.
The book includes teaching strategies to help the parent or the teacher plan lessons based on the story.
Literacy and Language Development
Ask the following questions after the book has been read.
1. Who are the main characters in the story?
2. Where did the story take place?
3. What are the differences in Kim and Christopher’s pretend horses.
4. Share the story’s beginning, middle, and end.
5. What do you think will happen after Kim learns to ride?
- Have you ever felt sad?
- What do you do when you feel angry?
- Can you think of some things to help you not feel sad or angry?
- Draw a picture of a horse, barn, stable, etc.
- Create a new ending for the story?
- Try to ride on a pretend horse. (discarded broom).
- Match, sort, and classify different plastic horses, figures, hats, etc.
- Visit a horse stable.
- How would you take care of a horse?
1. Research the different horse breeds.
I hope that you enjoy reading Sunbeam. Let me know your thoughts.