With its sparkling pink cover and pony, this book will surely appeal to My Little Pony collectors, but Jeffers's (My Pony) heartwarming story of a girl achieving her dream offers much of substance, demonstrating the kindness of the Virginia community dedicated to saving the Chincoteague Island ponies. When Julie doesn't have enough money to buy a pony at the yearly auction, townspeople contribute their own money to make sure her months of hard work are rewarded. The author's theme-how it is that children learn to be generous-is delivered with a light touch: Julie vows to work just as hard the following year so she can help another girl buy a pony of her own. Unfortunately, the striking author's note about the bighearted Chincoteague tradition of helping others precedes the story, effectively spoiling the suspense. The paintings, rendered in a variety of sizes, capture the beauty of island sunsets and the spirited ponies; they do special justice to Julie's breathless anticipation and initial disappointment. An homage to Marguerite Henry appears in an illustration of Julie reading Henry's classic Misty of Chincoteague. Ages 3-8. (June)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
My Chincoteague Ponyby Susan Jeffers
On the farm where Julie lives there are cows and chickens, but no ponies. With her whole heart, Julie longs for a pony of her own. And she has a plan. Every summer on Chincoteague Island, there is an auction of ponies who have swum across the channel from Assateague, where ponies run free. If Julie works hard and saves her money all year, perhaps she can win the… See more details below
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On the farm where Julie lives there are cows and chickens, but no ponies. With her whole heart, Julie longs for a pony of her own. And she has a plan. Every summer on Chincoteague Island, there is an auction of ponies who have swum across the channel from Assateague, where ponies run free. If Julie works hard and saves her money all year, perhaps she can win the pony of her dreamsher very own Chincoteague pony.
Award-winning author and illustrator Susan Jeffers uses real events to create the tale of a young girl named Julie who longs for a Chincoteague pony of her own. Julie loves ponies and reads Marguerite Henry's Misty of Chincoteague over and over. Jeffers weaves the legend of the Chincoteague ponies and the tale of how they are herded yearly from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island for Pony Penning Day into this story. Julie works all year to earn money for Pony Penning Day, yet when the day arrives, she still does not have enough money to buy a pony of her own. Strangers help Julie by giving her money, carrying on a time-honored tradition of helping a child buy her own pony. The author's note explains the history behind this story, as well as the author's long love affair with Chincoteague ponies and Marguerite Henry's books. A copy of a letter from Henry to Jeffers is included. Jeffers' beautiful, soft artwork complements the heart warming story she creates. This is a picture book that should be added to any collection alongside Henry's Chincoteague books. Reviewer: Barbara Wheatley
K-Gr 2- Julie's favorite story is Marguerite Henry's Misty of Chincoteague , and her fondest wish is to have a pony of her own. The child convinces her farm-dwelling parents to take her to Chincoteague Island for Pony Penning Day so that she can bid in the auction. Unfortunately, she is continually outbid and realizes that the money she's earned won't be enough. Then one pony is returned and several people in the crowd pitch in to make her dream come true. This story is based on an incident that Jeffers witnessed when she went to this auction. The lovely illustrations capture Julie's love of horses, the beauty of the ponies, and the excitement of the roundup by the "saltwater cowboys" of the volunteer fire department.-Carol Schene, formerly at Taunton Public Schools, MA
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