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Leah's Pony
     

Leah's Pony

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by Elizabeth Friedrich, Michael Garland (Illustrator)
 

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Leah's pony was swift and strong. Together they would cross through cornfields and over pastures, chasing cattle as they galloped under summer skies. Then came the year the corn grew no taller than a man's thumb. Locusts blackened the sky. The earth turned to dust. Gone were the cornfields and pastures where Leah and her pony once rode. It was the beginning of the

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Leah's pony was swift and strong. Together they would cross through cornfields and over pastures, chasing cattle as they galloped under summer skies. Then came the year the corn grew no taller than a man's thumb. Locusts blackened the sky. The earth turned to dust. Gone were the cornfields and pastures where Leah and her pony once rode. It was the beginning of the great drought. Now Leah's papa faced losing the family farm. Set in the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, Elizabeth Friedrich's deeply felt story, vividly portrayed through Michael Garland's stunning oil paintings, tells of one child and what she would sacrifice for love of her family.

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"A fine example of successful historical fiction in picture book format. Leah's parents are farmers in the Great Plains of the 1930s. ... The oil paintings with subdued color values have great intensity, especially several that catch their subjects full-face and frozen at the peak of strong emotional reactions. Impact is enhanced by the starkness of the setting and the illustrations' stillness."--School Library Journal, starred review
Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
How quickly fates change. One year, Leah's happy farm family reaps a good harvest and celebrates by buying Leah her very own pony. The next year, the Great Depression and The Great Drought hit, reversing the fortunes of the family, their friends and their neighbors. In a plot reminiscent of O. Henry, the story's stage is set for one kind of ending that not only doesn't come, but is replaced by a much more happily received, unexpected turn of events. This is a good story and a good history lesson. The illustrations are quietly complementary both in tone and content. A reading package doesn't come much better than this.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-A fine example of successful historical fiction in picture-book format. Leah's parents are farmers in the Great Plains of the 1930s. Amid locusts and drought, their bank forecloses on its loan, ordering a farm auction. Leah sells her beloved pony and uses the money to bid one dollar for her father's tractor. No one has the heart to outbid her. Her action inspires others at the auction to buy the rest of the goods for ridiculously low-dusty bids and return everything to Leah's family. The oil paintings with subdued color values have great intensity, especially several that catch their subjects full-face and frozen at the peak of strong emotional reactions. Impact is enhanced by the starkness of the setting and the illustrations' stillness. This is a far cry from the brightness of Garland's My Cousin Katie (Crowell, 1989; o.p.). Friedrich adds a one-page historical note describing the Dust Bowl during the Great Depression, and "penny" farm auctions. A moving, effective sketch of a child's bravery and its power to trigger generosity in the adults around her.- Liza Bliss, Worcester Public Library, MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563978289
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
09/28/1999
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
466,831
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author


Elizabeth Friedrich is the author of many books, including The Story of God's Love, which has sold over a half-million copies. She lives in Stratham, New Hampshire.

Michael Garland is the author and illustrator of Angel Cat, among many other titles. He lives in Patterson, New York.

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Leah's Pony 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this story. My son had to read it in his third grade Language Arts textbook. It is an amazing story aboout a little girl and the tough times her family faced. I highly recommend this story to everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I was a child I loved this book. The rich drawings and touching story never failed to hold my attention. Although the suggested age range is 6-9, I have read it to my three year old sister and she, too, loves it. Even if she does not understand the story, she loves looking at the drawings. This is a really 'classy' children's book.