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Mrs Mack
     

Mrs Mack

4.5 4
by Patricia Polacco
 

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Patricia is thrilled when her father decides that she's finally old enough to learn to ride. But her dreams of having a beautiful horse of her own are dashed when he takes her to a stable in Dogpatch, the rundown section of town. Patricia is sure that she'll never learn anything in a place like that. But it's in Dogpatch that Patricia meets two

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Patricia is thrilled when her father decides that she's finally old enough to learn to ride. But her dreams of having a beautiful horse of her own are dashed when he takes her to a stable in Dogpatch, the rundown section of town. Patricia is sure that she'll never learn anything in a place like that. But it's in Dogpatch that Patricia meets two individuals—kind, patient Mrs. Mack and a glorious chestnut mare named Penny—who help her overcome her fears, and change her life forever. Powerfully written, beautifully told, and brought to life with rich watercolor illustrations, this is a story that will touch the heart of everyone who reads it.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PW called this story of a 10-year-old girl whose father decides she is old enough to ride a horse "inviting. The drawings convey the emotions of each scene, adding emphasis to pivotal points." Ages 4-8. (Jan.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
In another story about her childhood, Polacco tells about her desire to learn to ride a horse. Finally when she turns ten, her Dad arranges riding lessons at a stable owned by Mrs. Mack. This run-down stable is not what Pat had in mind. The other stable hands make fun, but Mrs. Mack gets Pat up on a horse and eventually she learns to care for the animals and riding equipment. It is hard, but she has a goal. She wants to ride the beautiful Penny. There is a story within this story of a girl learning to ride. Penny, the horse she adores and finally rides, is struck with a viral infection. How Pat and the others characters in the story manage to save her life make for a suspenseful tale, and an afterword provides further details about Penny and Mrs. Mack. Pollaco's watercolors range from half-page to two-page spreads and are filled with pictures of beautiful horses in Mrs. Mack's stables.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698118874
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
154,518
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile:
610L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Mrs. Mack 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really rocks!!! I would definitely give this a five because it teaches you to follow your dreams!! The girl in this book¿s dream was to have her very own horse to ride. I liked the beginning when her dad went to the stable. He had to talk to Mrs. Mack the girl that works there and she got the horse. She named her horse Penney. I almost cried when I read that Penny got the viral disease. If you like horses I definitely recommend this book! I would also, recommend this book for people who don¿t like horses!!! Reviewed by: Kaitlyn Easton
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think Mrs.Mack is a fantastic story! At the begining Patricia is not so sure that she wants to ride horses because her dad takes her to a stable in Dogpatch, the rundown part of town. But once she meets a horse named Penny 'the perfect horse' she doesn't think that anymore. In fact she doesn't even want to leave the stable. But later in the story a tragedy strikes. Her favorite horse Penny is very sick. Luckily when old Mr.Hap comes to the rescue everything turns out okay. I think this is a great story because it teaches you to never give up your dreams.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this book Polacco tells about how she has a desire to ride horses. I really like how she tells about her love with a horse named Penny. This book gets sad at the end when Penny gets a viral infection. Pat and other people in the story help save Penny¿s life. Through good times and the bad times, this is really touching. I almost cried reading the end of the book. This book has a lot of great, beautiful pictures of horses. Patricia Polacco uses great words that described how she felt when she went to Dogpatch. This is a great book for all ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book because it teaches young girls to follow their dreams, to work hard, and not give up in the face of adversity. There is a bond which exists between people and animals. I wish that the friendship between Pat and Penny had been explored in greater detail. It was very touching to watch the two grow up together. I read this book to my daughter and found myself weeping at the end - for the end of Pat's childhood, the beginning of her adulthood, and the passing of Penny.