Jigsaw Pony

Jigsaw Pony

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by Jessie Haas, Ying-Hwa Hu
     
 

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The only thing twins Fran and Kiera have ever agreed on is thatit would be wonderful to own a pony — a pony they could gallop and leap over jumps.

One day their father brings them Jigsaw, a Shetland pony who needs a new family. Jigsaw is the perfect pony. He can do anything — even fit himself into Dad's station wagon for the ride home.

But

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The only thing twins Fran and Kiera have ever agreed on is thatit would be wonderful to own a pony — a pony they could gallop and leap over jumps.

One day their father brings them Jigsaw, a Shetland pony who needs a new family. Jigsaw is the perfect pony. He can do anything — even fit himself into Dad's station wagon for the ride home.

But with Jigsaw comes trouble. The more Fran and Kiera like something, the harder it is for them to share. And they love Jigsaw. Worse, Jigsaw won't gallop far and he won't leap more than a couple of jumps. Is something wrong with the way the twins ride? Or is something wrong with Jigsaw?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Fran and Kiera are twins and they argue about nearly everything—but they both desperately want a pony. When their dad rescues a neglected black-and-white Shetland pony named Jigsaw and brings it home, the sisters cannot even agree on a name for their new pony. One twin calls him Snowflake and the other twin calls him Midnight. The twins' best friend, Jody, continues to call the pony Jigsaw. The three girls work hard to look after Jigsaw and they even bring the pony to school—right into the classroom—for show and tell. When the teacher asks them to introduce their pony, the twins both blurt out, "Jigsaw." At home, Jigsaw refuses to gallop or go over jumps or around obstacles despite their efforts, so the quest is on to find out why. This is a real pony book with lots of empathy for the pony's thoughts and feelings. The type is large enough for readers who are just beginning to explore chapter books. The illustrator obviously loves ponies as much as the twins do. The black-and-white illustrations that appear through out the book will certainly tempt horse-crazy children to read further. The author has also written two other pony books, Runaway Pony and Birthday Pony. 2005, Greenwillow, Ages 7 to 9.
—Sally J. K. Davies
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-An old pony that has had multiple owners finds a loving home with twins Fran and Kiera. The girls, who never agree on anything, have separate plans for Jigsaw. Fran dreams of barrel racing and Kiera of show jumping. However, they discover that Jigsaw stops after a few jumps and after running fast. When they realize that he is very old, they both agree-for maybe the first time-that Jigsaw is their friend and that they prefer to keep him instead of getting a younger pony. He is special, and can do amazing things ranging from quieting a neighbor's baby to attending show-and-tell at school to demonstrating his dunking-for-apples talent at a Halloween party. This is a clever and compassionate story with believable human characters and an appealing animal that is both good-natured and adaptable. The black-and-white illustrations convey the same warmth as the text and underscore Jigsaw's gentle temperament and irresistible appearance. Haas once again delivers with a well-written horse tale that will captivate readers.-Carol Schene, Taunton Public Schools, MA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Twins Kiera and Fran fight over everything. Now they have something new to fight over: a pony. Ever since the girls took horseback riding lessons on Radish, they have been dreaming of having a pony of their own, even if it means they have to share it. When Dad brings home Jigsaw in his mail-car, the girls are thrilled. "Jigsaw was an expert on girls. He knew these were good ones." These likable but argumentative sisters (one calls the pony "Midnight" and the other calls him "Snowflake") have to learn to share their pony. They soon draw up a chart and divvy up all assignments, from stall cleaning and saddle soaping to watering. While Jigsaw goes along with everything the girls cook up, something is wrong with him that troubles the girls. With ample horsey details, generous white space, large typeface and a predictable but exciting story line, Haas's true-to-life story is one young horse lovers and young readers alike will enjoy. (Fiction. 6-9)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062069528
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/09/2010
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,198,887
File size:
4 MB
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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