Mrs Mack

Mrs Mack

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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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Overview

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:
137,044
Product dimensions:
8.05(w) x 9.88(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile:
610L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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