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Jigsaw Pony

Jigsaw Pony

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by Jessie Haas

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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


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?

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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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HarperCollins Publishers
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6 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Jessie Haas is the author of numerous acclaimed books for young people, including Unbroken, which was a Publishers Weekly Best Book, a School Library Journal Best Book, a Parent's Choice Gold Award winner, a Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, and CCBC Choice. Her most recent novel, Shaper, won a Golden Kite Honor Award.

Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu have illustrated many distinguished picture books, including Jewels, by Belinda Rochelle (Dutton), which was selected as a Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies. The couple lives in New York City with their daughter and son.

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Jigsaw Pony 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chapter Three Excitement prickles in my paws. My first Gathering! I can't wait! "Can you believe it? Six Clans in one place!" I gasp. "I know!" My brother, Twigpaw, is trembling with excitement. "Boys! Come here, you two!" Our mother, Heronflight, calls. "Bearpaw, Twigpaw, behave yourselves. Your father and I are staying here this time, so please be good. Don't fight, okay?" "Okay, okay." I mutter, rolling my eyes to Twigpaw. I groom my mottled brown, black, tan, gold and white pelt. Twigpaw, who's identical to me—even his amber eyes—is bouncing up and down excitedly. "Ready, FlameClan?" Deepstar asks. "Yes!" I mew, along with many others. We leave camp, scrambling through the trees. I jog up to join Sweetpaw. The white shecat with gold paws glances at me. "H-hey." I say. "Hello!" She answers. "Nervous?" "Yes! Very, very nervous." "Hehe, me, too." "It's our first Gathering! My sisters are TERRIFIED." "Yeah... my brother looked ready to burst with happiness." "Yeah, until he sees the Clans. Have you seen ThornClan's leader? Bloodstar? I heard he was HORRIBLE!" "Really? Once I heard Thistlepaw killed Twoeyes! An elder, in THE SAME CLAN!" Sweetpaw shudders. "ThornClan's just scary in general." "Yeah..." I feel petrified. ThornClan DOES sound scary. Once, their deputy, Gingerlight, came to deliver a message to Deepstar. She didn't seem so bad. A soft-furred orangey-gold tabby shecat with sharp gray eyes. Then Adderpelt called her 'badger-heart', and I nearly died of terror. I thought her claws were dog teeth—I was just a kit, then. She didn't attack, just unsheathed her claws and told him to back off. We reach the Gathering place—a huge area of land. It had once belonged to OceanClan, but the rain broke the sandbar holding it together, and now it's an island. The storm had knocked down trees, and the Clans came together to drag fallen trees nearer and form a large bridge. The sweet smell of forest and rivers hits me. Sweetpaw wrinkles her nose. "Ew! ThornClan." "I don't think they smell." I say. Oddly enough, I don't feel as afraid of them anymore. At only six moons, I feel strong. And ready. I pad over the bridge, following Deepstar and Sunwhisker, the deputy. The clearing is huge, but it looks empty with only ThornClan. A lithe, long-legged black and white tom with red flecks on his face, paws, and tail is pacing in front of the Moon Rocks. His amber gaze flicks to us. "Greetings, FlameClan!" He calls. He sounds friendly enough. "It's all an act." Sweetpaw hisses. Bloodstar pads over to Deepstar and Sunwhisker, dips his head, and joins them, padding over to the Moon Rocks. "You sure?" I ask. "Look at him!" Sweetpaw looks disgusted. I frown and pad off. One of the things I don't like about Sweetpaw is she can be horrible about certain things. A young shecat with an unusual mottled pelt—she looks like a black cat with large white and gray splotches—is sitting alone, beside a golden-brown tom. Dewdrop and her dark brown apprentice, Poppypaw, join them. 'Medicine cats.' The mottled apprentice—I've decided she's about my age—looks out of placee for some reason. She shifts uncertainly, anxiously glancing at the Clans like she'd love to bolt among the queens, apprentices, elders, and warriors. "That's Ivypaw and Creekstep." The voice makes me jump. My mentor, Minnowfur, has joined me. "Creekstep is the tom, Ivypaw is the shecat. They're ThornClan's medicine cats." I nod. Another smell feels the air. A salty, almost fishy tang. OceanClan's here.
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"Okay. Night buddy!"
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is about twins called Fran and Kiera who along with their friend Jody take care of a pony by the name of jigsaw after their dad got it from and old lady who is taking care of it for her grandaughter. These 3 girls explore the adventures of having to take care of an animal and the problems it might bring to everybody. Jessie Haas is a wonderfull writter and she and alot of fun stuff to the book and things kids can relate to with their sibelings I recomeend this book to any person whom is a real animal lover and has twin sister.
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