Molly the Pony: A True Story

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Molly the pony waits. She waits in her stall. She waits during the storm. She waits for her owner to return.

So begins the true story of a patient pony who is rescued from a south Louisiana barn after Hurricane Katrina and finds a new life on a farm with new animal friends. But Molly's tale of courage does not end here.

When a dog on the farm attacks Molly, her front leg is badly injured. For a pony, a damaged leg is life threatening. To the ...

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Overview

Molly the pony waits. She waits in her stall. She waits during the storm. She waits for her owner to return.

So begins the true story of a patient pony who is rescued from a south Louisiana barn after Hurricane Katrina and finds a new life on a farm with new animal friends. But Molly's tale of courage does not end here.

When a dog on the farm attacks Molly, her front leg is badly injured. For a pony, a damaged leg is life threatening. To the amazement of veterinarians, though, Molly rises to her new challenge. She undergoes a rare surgery for horses: amputation of her front leg. Now fitted with a prosthetic limb, Molly relearns how to walk and embarks again on a new mission in life: making new people friends.

This plucky pony's story of survival and friendship will win the hearts of readers young and old. All who have had to start over after displacement, abandonment, injury, or amputation will find a friend in Molly as they follow her story of bringing a smile to everyone she meets.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807133200
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Pages: 36
  • Sales rank: 602,929
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Pam Kaster is the author of Zydeco Goes to Horse Camp, an editor of the Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association newsletter, and a member of Equine Photographers Network. She managed an equestrian riding program for disabled riders for three years and continues to study natural horsemanship techniques. She has been a Red Cross disaster-preparedness volunteer for twenty years and managed a Red Cross shelter during Hurricane Katrina. She lives in Zachary, Louisiana, with her husband, three horses, three dogs, and a cat.

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Molly the Pony

Chapter One

Hurricane Katrina

A storm was coming. All day long, cars and trucks filled with people and pets drove away to safety. By nighttime, everyone was gone except a small pony named Molly. Molly was left alone in a barn. She waited for someone to take her away, too.

In the morning, the sky filled with clouds. The wind roared. A huge tree fell on Molly's barn. It rained and rained. It rained so much that water came into the barn.

Molly stood in a small space in her stall to keep dry.

Finally, the rain stopped, and the sun came out. Molly found some hay to nibble, and little puddles of water to drink.

Still, no one came for Molly. She waited some more.

One morning, Molly heard voices. "A pony is trapped in there!" one said. "Are you sure? It's been two weeks since Hurricane Katrina!" said another. "The door is blocked by a tree. We'll have to cut a hole in the barn to get her out!"

Soon, Molly was outside in the sunshine. "It's good your owners left hay in your stall," someone said. "They must have expected to be away only a few days. No one knew the hurricane would cause so much damage."

Molly was led to a trailer. The trailer took her away from the barn.

When the trailer stopped, a lady led Molly into a small pasture. "You can stay here on Ms. Kaye's farm until your owners come to get you," she said.

MOLLY THE PONY. Text copyright © 2012 by Pam Kaster.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2008

    You feel what Molly feels

    Molly has to go through Hurricane Katrina. She is rescued only to face adversity again. This story is well told. It made me cry, then laugh and smile even though I already knew the story. Children and adults alike will enjoy reading this book. If you have ever faced serious adversity in life and want some hope, read this book. If you want children to learn about hope and not giving up, and facing life with courage, have them read this book!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2009

    Molly Stars

    Molly the Pony is very absorbing and true. The author of this review is 5 years old and is in kindergarten.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

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    This is a must read !

    I am a librarian and this book has been popular with not only young readers but adults as well.This is a touching true story.

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