Review: Circle C Beginnings

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As you probably already know, Megan is a huge fan of the Circle C Beginnings books. She read the first two books aloud to me as part of her reading practice. The second two books were some of the first books she read independently.

It was a rather bittersweet moment when the last two books arrived in the mail, since, as I understand it, they are the last two that will be written. Megan and I are hoping that I’m understanding wrong.

Megan read the first of the two, Andi’s Lonely Little Foal, pretty quickly, but she saved the second for Christmas break. Why? Because Andi’s Circle C Christmas is the perfect book to read on Christmas break, is it not?


This is the part where I confess that I don’t know a whole lot about each book as I sit down to write this review because Megan read (or is reading) them completely on her own. You fellow homeschool moms know how happy that makes me, right?

I love that the Circle C books are interesting enough to capture and maintain a fledgling reader’s attention, but at a reading level that allows her to feel the sense of pride and accomplishment that come from reading them independently.

Megan tells me that the book 5, Andi’s Lonely Little Foal is about Andi’s foal, Taffy becoming old enough to be separated from her mother. It tells about Andi’s experience of doing things like sleeping in the barn with Taffy to help her adjust and protect her from harm. It also explores Andi’s relationship with her brother as they go out riding together.

Those are the important highlights, per my ten-year-old reviewer.


In Andi’s Circle C Christmas, a bossy guest shows up and Andi’s tomboy ways are curtailed.  Megan says she’s looked ahead, so she know a bit about the bossy visitor, but hasn’t got it all figured out yet. I can’t even understand that as I am so not a look-ahead type person.

If you’ve read my previous Circle C reviews, you probably already know that one of the first things I had to do when the new books arrived was print out a ream or so of paper so that Megan could do the related activity pages.

There is a set for every book and they include coloring pages (yes, that’s a photo of Megan coloring) and activities such as word finds, matching, a little geography and mapwork and more. They’re decidedly fun, but fall into the “productive fun/educational” category, but let’s don’t broadcast that to the kids. (I almost said “Let’s keep that on the down low,” but I’m seriously guessing nobody says that anymore.)

So, anyway, when I found out the new books were coming out, I emailed the author, Susan K. Marlow, and she graciously sent us the two books and even autographed them, which thrilled Megan.


I received this product free for the purpose of reviewing it.  I received no other compensation for this review.  The opinions expressed in this review are my personal, honest opinions.  Your experience may vary. Please read my full disclosure policy for more details.

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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.

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  1. Read the rules!  🙂  Please enter me in your give-away.  The books sound lovely!  So sorry the author is ending the series.

  2. these books sounds great and i would love to win them, i have an 7 year old who just has not caught the reading bug yet, and i think i am going to get these even if i dont win  to entice her.

  3. Oooo… Pick me! Pick me!   

    (And since I honestly followed the link and read the 'complete rules', I know that your Random Generator prevents you from actually 'picking' me. It's just so fun to say!)

  4. Wow, I'd love to win these books!  My little daughter is just getting to this level in her reading skills. . . . she'd love these books!

  5. UH,UH, Please choose by daughter Lexi. I have had to dry up my keyboard after she has drooled over these books. lol. She would love them more than I can explain.

  6. Haley and Megan seem to have the same taste in books.  I bet Haley would love these.  She's obsessed with the How to Train Your Dragon series at the moment.  Has Megan read any of those?  Crossing my fingers we win!  Thanks!!

    [email protected] 

  7. We reviewed one of these books for the TOS Crew last year.  My 8yo son loved it, and I know he'd love to read more about Andi and Taffy, so here's hoping we win! 😉

  8. Kris,

    My daughter is a fan of Circle C books. I actually also enjoy the stories. Yes, we would love to win!

  9. I would love to win these for my 6-year-old daughter!  She LOVES Circle C and Andi….we have wanted to get these, but it would be fun to win them for her for Christmas.  Or, rather, an early "New Year"-Start-back-to-the-Homeschool-routine present.
    Thanks for the opportunity!
    Love your blog….read all the time, but never have commented before.

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