My Pony

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I want a pony.

I want a pony more than anything in the world.

A little girl who longs for a pony draws pictures of a dappled mare she names Silver, then rides her through a magical countryside in her dreams. At the heart of Susan Jeffers's exquisite picture book lies the idea that in her imagination, a child can journey anywhere and do anything- even fly through the stars on her very own pony...

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Overview

I want a pony.

I want a pony more than anything in the world.

A little girl who longs for a pony draws pictures of a dappled mare she names Silver, then rides her through a magical countryside in her dreams. At the heart of Susan Jeffers's exquisite picture book lies the idea that in her imagination, a child can journey anywhere and do anything- even fly through the stars on her very own pony...

Longing to own a pony, a young girl finds that the one she draws seems to come alive and take her on a fantastic journey.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Jeffers's (Three Jovial Huntsmen) own longing for a horse as a youngster and her childhood love of drawing horses infuses this tale with a palpable authenticity. "I want a pony. I want a pony more than anything else in the world," the likable young narrator begins. Whenever she asks her parents for one, they respond negatively, so the child creates a horse of her own. "I call her Silver. She has dapples and a shiny coat. When I draw her, it is as if she comes alive," she notes, while a translucent white horse watches over her as she paints. A turn of the page reveals the child soaring out of the window into the night sky on the animal's back. Pastel hues dominate the pleasing palette of Jeffers's artwork, which moves easily between homespun real scenes of the 1950s and incandescent dream sequences. By the shimmering moonlight, the two ride through pine boughs that resemble diamonds into a forest of candy- and carrot-bearing trees. They encounter a herd of other horses, which joins them as they gallop through a mountain stream and "flash like a comet across the sky" before returning home to the girl's drawing table. In a dramatic closing portrait, the horse seems to peer out at readers "Silver waits just outside my window. Always." A gentle paean to these awe-inspiring animals and to the power of imagination. All ages. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
"I want a pony more than anything else in the world," says our young heroine, echoing the yearning of so many girls. And like the parents of those girls, her mother and father remind her that ponies cost too much, and where would they put one? But in her dreams, she rides her pony Silver up into the sky, through the woods in the magical moonlight, with other horses on the ground and through the clouds. She knows she cannot have a real pony, but in her imagination "Silver waits just outside my window. Always." Although Jeffers's naturalistic colored illustrations adequately depict the appealing narrator and her parents, we are particularly struck by a more impassioned involvement with the horses. When the artist creates the horses' images, a convincing sense of spirituality fills the scenes. We can sense the galloping legs and tossing manes. An Author's Note explains Jeffers' passionate wish for a horse and its possible relevance to her life in art. From the emotion-laden jacket of the girl hugging the horse and continuing on, this book should engage empathizing horse-lovers. 2003, Hyperion Books for Children, Ages 4 to 8.
— Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-The pigtailed narrator of this enchanting story wants a pony of her own. Her parents tell her that a horse is too expensive and that they don't have enough room, so she draws pictures of a horse. Her art takes her to a magical world where she rides a beautiful, dappled silver horse through forests and clouds. When she returns from her journey, she is happy because her imaginary animal "waits just outside my window. Always." In an author's note, Jeffers tells how her own longing for a horse led her to drawing. The sense of longing permeates the spare text but is softened by the beautiful, pastel watercolor-and-ink artwork. The dreamlike quality of the semitransparent horses and of the fantastic backgrounds is heightened by glossy ivory paper. This is a book that horse lovers will cherish.-Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423112952
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 5/27/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 300,512
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Jeffers effortlessly captures the grace and magic of horses in this luminous picture book. Ms. Jeffers is a New York Times best-selling artist, who received a Caldecott Honor for her work on Three Jovial Huntsmen. She is also the illustrator of Margaret Wise Brown's Love Songs of the Little Bear, and the best-selling McDuff series by Rosemary Wells. Susan Jeffers also wrote and illustrated a new pony picture book, My Chincoteague Pony.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Lovely story and beautiful pictures!

    Every little girl's dream. I had bought a birthday card of the cover picture that I fell in love with - and after doing some research online, was thrilled to find that there was a whole story that went with it! The pictures are the most lovely expressions of a young girl and her beloved horse. A must for everyone who loves horses!

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