Runaway Radish

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Radish is a feisty pony—and the best teacher Judy has ever had. He teaches her how to ride, and how to go fast and far, and even how to fall off. But most of all, he teaches her to be patient. And when Judy outgrows him, he teaches Nina all the same things, and most of all, how to be brave.

But girls grow, and ponies stay the same size. What will Radish do with no one to bully—and to teach? It takes his running away for Judy and Nina to find ...

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Radish is a feisty pony—and the best teacher Judy has ever had. He teaches her how to ride, and how to go fast and far, and even how to fall off. But most of all, he teaches her to be patient. And when Judy outgrows him, he teaches Nina all the same things, and most of all, how to be brave.

But girls grow, and ponies stay the same size. What will Radish do with no one to bully—and to teach? It takes his running away for Judy and Nina to find the perfect solution, one that keeps Radish from being outgrown ever again!

When Radish the pony grows too big for the girls who own him, he goes to live at a horse camp where there are always new children for him to train.

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Radish was a round, red, bouncy pony. He enjoyed his life on the pony farm and then he loved living with Judy. He had a mind of his own and he taught Judy important lessons, including the right way to fall, the importance of tying good knots and patience. But after several glorious summers together, Judy grew too big for a bouncy pony. She needed a horse. Radish was sad until Nina came into his life. He loved Nina and they had great times together until Nina got too big for him also. One day, Nina forgot to latch the gate when she rode out on Count, her full-sized horse. Radish decided to follow them, but he was not fast enough. Then he smelled a familiar scent. He kept following it all the way back to the apple orchards on Judy's farm. Judy wasn't there. Radish was tired and thirsty and the strange people in the farmhouse seemed afraid of him. Then both Nina and Judy showed up. Together they came up with a perfect solution. Radish went to live at a riding camp, where small children were always available to take advantage of his lessons. Realistic pencil drawings contribute to the warmth of the story. 2001, Greenwillow, $15.95 and $15.89. Ages 5 to 8. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer
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Gr 2-4-In this charming story, Radish, a pony, teaches his bossy little girl lots of important things, including the fact that "if she asked nicely, he would almost always do what she wanted." Then Judy grows too tall for Radish and gets a new horse, and her pony is sent to Nina, his second young rider. Although Radish misses Judy, he teaches Nina all the lessons he taught Judy, but the cycle repeats itself, and when Nina gets a new horse, Radish runs away to find his previous owner. Finally, Nina and Judy catch up with him, and Judy gets the animal a permanent job teaching young riders at the camp where she works. For years, Radish teaches young campers all his lessons, until finally Judy's own daughter begins her summer with him. The story is written in easy, direct prose that will help children make the transition from beginning readers to chapter books. The engaging tale is greatly enhanced by Apple's delightful pencil illustrations, reminiscent of Wesley Dennis's work in Marguerite Henry's Misty of Chincoteague (Macmillan, 1990) and other titles. The story is simply written, yet it has a truthful ring for anyone who knows or has owned a small pony, and Radish has loads of horse personality.- Lisa Falk, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688166885
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 56
  • Age range: 7 years
  • Lexile: 340L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Jessie Haas is the author of numerous acclaimed books for young people, including Unbroken, which was a Publishers Weekly Best Book, a School Library Journal Best Book, a Parent's Choice Gold Award winner, a Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, and CCBC Choice. Her most recent novel, Shaper, won a Golden Kite Honor Award.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2007

    great book

    Very cute book for your pony lover. Its a chapter book, and the author obviously know what ponies are like.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2001

    Charming story of well-loved pony

    My 5 and 10 year olds really enjoyed the story of Radish, who belongs to a little girl who becomes a stronger, better rider as she grows up with Radish, and then outgrows him. Radish finds a new child to teach, until she also grows up. There is some very charming realism in the story, about the pony being naughty with each child until she grows and practices and learns how to be a better horsewoman. Then Radish is lovingly passed on to another child. When you think that Radish may be passed along yet again, the owners come up with a better, more permanent solution. Next to read this is my 13 year old, who has to wear roller blades to ride our 50' POA, but can't stand to let her go to her younger siblings! We read the library's copy of this, but I'm buying my own copy and one for my 7 year old niece. Reminds me of the Anderson books from my childhood.

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