Clarence Goes out West and Meets a Purple Horse

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While visiting a western ranch, Clarence the pig plays cards, line dances, plays the washtub in a cowboy band, and reads stories at bedtime with his new friend Smoky the purple horse.

While visiting a western ranch, Clarence the pig plays cards, line dances, plays the washtub in a cowboy band, and reads stories at bedtime with his new friend Smoky the purple horse.

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Overview

While visiting a western ranch, Clarence the pig plays cards, line dances, plays the washtub in a cowboy band, and reads stories at bedtime with his new friend Smoky the purple horse.

While visiting a western ranch, Clarence the pig plays cards, line dances, plays the washtub in a cowboy band, and reads stories at bedtime with his new friend Smoky the purple horse.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Adams makes her debut with this unambiguously titled picture book, which concerns a greenhorn pig's trip to a dude ranch. Clarence decides to take a vacation "Out West," but when he arrives, he feels too shy to kick up his heels. Then he meets Smoky, a horse with a violet coat and sunset-red mane ("I will teach you to ride and wrangle and jingle your spurs on Saturday night!"). The duo kick up a high time until Smoky discloses a terrible secret: the ranch plans to sell him. Clarence comes to the rescue, and the acrylic illustrations, in desert hues of terracotta orange, turquoise and jade green, picture the soulmates' adventures thereafter. This cowboy tale bogs down in clunky dialogue, however, and ends on a peculiar note. Although the talking animal pals seem to be equals (an opening scene at the ranch shows horses and pigs relaxing together after dinner), Clarence buys Smoky and fantasizes about a rodeo act, "Clarence the Line Dancing Pig and His Famous Purple Horse Smoky." On the other hand, Adams ends in praise of companionship; a parting shot shows horse and pig, liberated from loneliness, enjoying freedom together. Ages 3-6. (Mar.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
Clarence the pig has been looking forward to his vacation at a ranch out West for a long time. The bus trip is long, too, but he finds plenty to do. He's impressed with the Western cactus and mountain scenery. He arrives at the ranch too late for dinner, he doesn't know anyone, and he forgot to bring his favorite pillow. He's homesick and doesn't sleep very well the first night. But after a hearty ranch breakfast he feels "bouncy" and ready to see the horses. A large purple horse introduces himself as "Smoky...your horse [for] this week." Smoky teaches Clarence to ride and to play cards. They go to a party and do line dancing. Clarence even "learns to play the washtub in a cowboy band." But all is not well. Smoky is "not a young horse" and the ranch is going to sell him. Clarence manages to buy Smoky with the money he had for his bus fare home. He will "just have to ride Smoky all the way home." The total unreality of this dream is just right for the fantasy of the whole book. It's truly fun.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Clarence is an adventurous, independent little pig who, on a vacation to a ranch, rescues a talking, dancing, mentoring purple horse from his impending "over the hill" fate. The ink-outlined drawings are filled in with bright colors to please preschoolers but the lifeless text is forced to fit the pictures. Adams's Western na f is cartoon cloying and the illustrations are cutesy snapshots rather than complements to a coherent story line.-John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873587532
  • Publisher: Cooper Square Publishing Llc
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 601,525
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.48 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.41 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2000

    How can you not fall in love with a city pig that sleeps in a cloud hat and rescues a purple horse!!!

    Author/illustrator, Jean Ekman Adams, has written a winner. A delightful story with endearing illustrations. This heart-warming tale transcends all age boundaries and will keep you smiling from ear to ear and perhaps shedding a tear or two. City pig, Clarence, takes a bus trip out west to a dude ranch looking for adventure. He meets Smoky, a big purple horse, who teaches him to line dance and snooze in the canyon. Smoky has a secret though, and Clarence's heart-tugging solution will have everyone pulling this book to their chest and sighing! One of the best picture books to come down the pike in a long time.

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