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Summary

This is a charming, hankie-waving Christmas classic for girls who love horses, ages 8 and up.

Teased by the local kids for being a city girl and an amputee, Hannah Storey feels alone and isolated, just like the old mustang she sees on the way to and from school every day. Hannah vows to save the pony the local kids have cruelly nicknamed Frostbite from freezing to death or being sent to slaughter, but events spiral out of control.

Will Hannah be able to save the pony? Will the townsfolk of River Bend ever accept her? Maybe Hannah Storey is just what the town needs to remember what love, friendship, and Christmas are really about.

©2003 Laura Hesse (P)2017 Laura Hesse

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  • Tanya M. Spiegel
  • 27-12-17

Sweet little story

I enjoyed this sweet little story about a young girl suffering from lose of her grandmother and a leg in an accident. Moving and finding that the school bully is nothing short of mean. But a pony suffering causes her to dig deeper within herself and her own hurts to help. Sweet story full of hope and perseverance. Received this book at no charge in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Nolan
  • 21-12-17

All the Elements for a Perfect Christmas Book

This is so much more than merely a story about a disabled young woman and her quest to save a starving horse. This is a little book that looms large with Christmas spirit and page after page of lovely writing that puts you solidly in every scene.

Hannah is a new student at a rural school in a Canadian town where her parents have recently moved. She is essentially an outcast because others are intent on focusing on her prosthetic leg—a prosthesis that became part of her life after a tragic accident. Read this and enter Hannah’s world—a world in which a lovely young dreamer quietly marginalizes her disability and never stops dreaming.

Her dreams involve flying high on the back of a pony—a pony that, in real life, is vastly different from her dreams. Hannah first sees the horse on the way home from school. It is exposed to the elements; it is unkempt and underfed. She secretly names the horse “Mr. Frost” or “Frosty.” She determines that somehow, she will be the one to save the starving horse.

Accordingly, she takes riding lessons as the fall merges into winter, and she firms up her plan with the help of a young native. He doesn’t talk much, but she appreciates a contented silence, and the two become close friends. Together, they secretly slip food to the starving horse, and Hannah seeks to gain the skittish horse’s trust.

While she knows better, Hannah determines to remove the horse from its dreadful surroundings and claim it for herself. That determination sets off a string of events that culminates in one of the most heart-warming Christmas books you’ll read anywhere.

Leslie Howard’s narration is a treasure of the first and best kind. Her inflections and cadences are perfect; she becomes Hannah, and her narration allows you to feel the cold of the winter mornings as a lovely young woman walks tall, so to speak, in her determination to save an ailing horse and live a dream. Interestingly enough, her seemingly small efforts ultimately save far more than a horse.

In summation, if you have a choice of reading the print copy of this or listening to the excellent narration, go with the narration. It adds a richness to the book that will enhance your enjoyment of it.

This is a highly appropriate book for anyone of any age to enjoy. You will be saddened by the way Hannah is treated by some of her classmates, but the descriptions of the bullying are not so graphic that you should avoid the book. There is no profanity here, and there are no sexual descriptions. This is a refreshingly clean, well-written, well-plotted and well-narrated book that can become a Christmas favorite you can enjoy all year.

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  • Vicky
  • 20-12-17

A Starving Horse and a Girl Determined to Save Him

Will love for a beaten animal be enough to save a life? Both realistic and enchanting. By the time I finished the story I was disappointed that it was over. It's definitely one of those books I didn't want to end.

I requested and received a copy of the audiobook free for review purposes. The narration is of excellent quality; so much so that I became totally immersed in the story.

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  • Karen
  • 10-12-18

One sweet Christmas story

One Frosty Christmas is a sweet Christmas tale to warm the heart.

When Hannah moves from the city to the small town of Riverbend, she stood out as different being as an amputee.
As Hannah goes to school each day on the bus, she sees a neglected pony that she falls in love with. Feeling the Frosty's pain, Hannah is determined to save him with the help of her friend.
The story is tender and touching, with lessons to learn.
Leslie Howard is an excellent narrator, bringing the story to life.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • John
  • 08-12-18

A pony story to win your heart

One Frosty Christmas is a sweet story certain to become a favorite with horse loving kids. The main character, a lonely teenage amputee, wins the listener's heart almost as fast as the abused and neglected pony she seeks to rescue. The narrator is terrific!

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook. This is my honest and voluntary review.

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  • Jan M
  • 06-12-18

More than a kids book!

One Frosty Christmas by Laura Hesse is so much more than I expected. The story is well written and covers many issues. I loved how the main character had determination and perseverance. This book features a young girl who feels bullied by some classmates, then finds more friends than she anticipated. I loved her feisty side. There is hope and humor in this book too. I enjoyed how the small town had a wonderful community. The abuse described that Frosty endured was so sad, but realistic. The narration by Leslie Howard was very well done. She added the right emotions to the book. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review.

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  • Neesie315
  • 01-12-18

Frosty Christmas

This is an enjoyable book for children of all ages (and adults too!) and is a perfect read for Christmas.

Hannah is a young girl who lost her leg, along with her beloved Grandmother, in an accident. Her parents have moved to the town of Riverbend, away from the city of Edmonton, because of her father's job. Hannah is struggling to fit in, partly due to her prosthetic leg and partly because she is a city girl.

Every day, the school bus passes a pasture with a bedraggled, neglected pony that Hannah dubs Frosty. Even though Frosty has no ears due to his abuse, Hannah falls in love. She is determined to save Frosty, no matter what it takes. Little does Hannah realize that she will soon have friends who are willing to help her in her task.

The pace was a little bit slow for kids, but it was still a good book with lots of life lessons in it. I could see listening to the book with young kids on a trip or just a commute to school every day. Nearly all young girls love horses and ponies and this would be the perfect book for any horse lover.

Leslie Howard does a great job with the narration and added a lot to my enjoyment of the book. I was given a copy of this audiobook through Audiobook Boom! and chose to review it.

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  • Dee
  • 01-12-18

Good family listen

I was in the mood for something to listen to with the kiddos and this just hit the spot.

It was a sweet story about a young handicapped girl, in a new town, and her efforts to save a starving horse. There was some mean girls aspects (and I still am not sure why the mean girl did what she did) but everything worked out in the end.

I loved the narrator. This is my first book by Leslie Howard but will not be my last.

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  • Catrina P
  • 20-01-18

One Frosty Christmas

A sweet story of a young girl dealing with loss, struggling to fit in, in a new town, and helping a poor unfortunate horse.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-01-18

Amazing and very touching!

This book can warm your heart with all its kindness and cuteness. The story is very touching and keeps you interested. The narrator's voice is extremely pleasant to listen. Overall, I really liked this audiobook and would like to hear more books like that.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review