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Children's LiteraturePanda is a miniature horse, the second to be trained as a guide horse for the blind. In this remarkable chronicle readers see how Panda was selected and trained by both her eventual owner, Ann, and a trainer, Alex. Panda is house trained, picks up dropped items such as keys, overrides commands when danger is present, and responds with affection to Ann. She touches a bell with her nose when she wants to go out, climbs stairs, and plays with other bigger horses. Readers can see the little horse at work and at play. Ann lives with her husband and teenage daughter, works in a high school library, and lives a normal life. The concentration of the book is the guide horse, but readers may note the subtext: blind people can do everything but see. Soderstrom's full-color photos show enough horse pictures to satisfy horse lovers but also reveal training methods and enough history to satisfy report writers. It is a great package and suits the curriculum: animals, occupations, handicap awareness, and the helping professions. Index, websites, and suggested readings are included. 2005, Boyds Mills Press, Ages 6 to 10.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.