My Chincoteague Pony

My Chincoteague Pony

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by 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

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Overview

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 dreams—her very own Chincoteague pony.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

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)

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Children's Literature
AGERANGE: Ages 5 to 12.

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

School Library Journal

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

Kirkus Reviews
Young Julia, a horse-mad little girl, wants a pony of her own. She saves her pennies and attends the Chincoteague pony auction, but she doesn't have quite enough. Others in the gathered crowd, seeing her distress, hand her bills, and, when a foal is unexpectedly returned, she makes the winning bid. Some background on the legend of the ponies' Spanish origins and on the details of Chincoteague's annual Pony Penning Day helps to fill out this slight tale. Inspired by the author's childhood fondness for Marguerite Henry's classic works and an actual Chincoteague pony auction event, this rather bland tale plays up the romantic notion of horse ownership without much consideration for the realities. Moreover, the ink-and-watercolor illustrations pale in comparison to the playful liveliness of Wesley Dennis's, invoked in the introduction. Stiff compositions, often awkward poses and corny expressions on little Julia's face combine to make this a visually tepid experience. The large trim and appealing pony on the cover will make kids reach for it, but the contents don't live up to the packaging. (Picture book. 4-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423100232
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Publication date:
06/17/2008
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
11.64(w) x 9.76(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD710L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

A Caldecott Honor recipient for Three Jovial Huntsmen, Susan Jeffers is also the illustrator of the ABBY Award-winning Brother Eagle, Sister Sky, a New York Times best-seller, of Margaret Wise Brown's Love Songs of the Little Bear, and Rosemary Wells's McDuff series. An avid equestrian, Ms. Jeffers lives and rides in Westchester, New York.

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