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Chloe and the Magic Baton
     

Chloe and the Magic Baton

by Julie Litty
 
Chloe loves the pony-riding competitions. But when she gets stuck with Niki, a slow, stubborn pony, she knows she�s going to lose. Luckily her Uncle Tony is on hand, and he gives her a special, magic riding baton. With it she�ll be able to make any pony ride like the wind! Sure enough, Chloe rides Niki in a perfect performance. Race after race, the two are inseparable

Overview

Chloe loves the pony-riding competitions. But when she gets stuck with Niki, a slow, stubborn pony, she knows she�s going to lose. Luckily her Uncle Tony is on hand, and he gives her a special, magic riding baton. With it she�ll be able to make any pony ride like the wind! Sure enough, Chloe rides Niki in a perfect performance. Race after race, the two are inseparable as the magic baton leads them to victory. But what happens the day of the final competition when Chloe loses her baton? Though nearly ready to quit, Chloe discovers that believing in herself is really all the magic she needs.

Author Biography: Julie Litty lives in France.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Naomi Williamson
When Chloe is given "Niki," a beautiful but stubborn pony, to ride in the competition, she knew that she didn't have a chance of winning. She tells her uncle Tony her problem when he finds her crying and he surprises her with a gift: a special riding baton from Mexico. "It was the most beautiful baton Chloe had ever seen," and she quickly forgot her troubles and leads Niki to the beginning of the course. It was amazing! Niki seemed to fly over the grass and the jumps! The baton became a part of Chloe and Niki's team and went everywhere with them. When it is time for the biggest competition of the season to begin Chloe cannot find the baton. She decides that they can't win without it and isn't going to compete, but Niki has other ideas. He stubbornly takes her to the starting gate to wait for the bell. At the bell, Niki takes off, once again competing almost perfectly. Chloe realizes that the magic wasn't in the baton, but in herself and Niki as a team. Litty's beautiful watercolors provide the perfect backdrop to the story of a child who learns to believe in herself. Litty's love of riding shines through in the story. With a family of riders she has written a story that will be a favorite among those who love horses and riding, as well as those who just want to read a good story of success.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Chloe, a riding enthusiast who has been awaiting the jumping competition, is paired with Niki, a beautiful pony with a reputation of never following riders' commands. She saddles him up and tries to make the most of the situation, but is nearly in tears. Her Uncle Tony shows up with a present-a riding baton from Mexico that he says is magical. She guides the horse through his paces to win the race-and many others after that. Then, just before an important meet, Chloe realizes that the baton is missing, and she loses her confidence. This time, Niki leads them to the starting gate, and pony and rider perform perfectly together. The smooth text is supported by lovely ink-and-watercolor spreads. With its story of courage and learning, horse lovers will adore this picture book.-Alice DiNizo, Plainfield Public Schools, NJ Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In the hands of a more competent translator, this beautifully illustrated book might have been a winner. Chloe arrives at her lesson barn the morning of a horse show to find she's been assigned to ride Niki, the most stubborn pony there. Chloe despairs, until her Uncle arrives with the "magic riding baton." Thus armed, Chloe succeeds beyond her dreams, until-you knew this was coming, didn't you?-she loses the baton, and must discover that her success comes from inside. Okay, we've heard the plot before-but never quite so awkwardly. Americans call a "baton" a "crop" or a "whip"; readers may think Chloe's about to start twirling. It's "rein," not "reign." The stilted words detract from the absolutely stunning watercolors, which capture movement and energy and joy, and show perfectly every detail of the world of riding. "Better luck next time." (Picture book. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698400399
Publisher:
Minedition
Publication date:
05/18/2006
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.76(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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