The Perfect Pony

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Katie?s very first word was pony, and ever since, she has dreamed of having her own sleek, spirited, perfect pony. So when Mom says that it?s finally time to start looking for one, she finds it hard to be patient. As she and Mom visit barns, Katie looks at each pony and wonders, Is this the one? But the first is too nervous, and others too stubborn, too scary, too old. Then Katie meets a round, filthy little pony with a coat as shaggy as a bear. But there?s something special ...

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Overview

Katie’s very first word was pony, and ever since, she has dreamed of having her own sleek, spirited, perfect pony. So when Mom says that it’s finally time to start looking for one, she finds it hard to be patient. As she and Mom visit barns, Katie looks at each pony and wonders, Is this the one? But the first is too nervous, and others too stubborn, too scary, too old. Then Katie meets a round, filthy little pony with a coat as shaggy as a bear. But there’s something special about him . . .

No horse-lover will be able to resist this warm, genuine story with the ultimate happy ending.

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Children's Literature - Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger
The young narrator of the story is happy to hear that after years of riding her brother's pony the time has come to get one of her own. Katie dreams of the perfect pony. She draws pictures of the perfect pony. And she and her mom search for the perfect pony. But the ponies they meet are too old or too lame or too stubborn or too fast or too scary. She begins to wonder if she will ever find a pony. Then one day she and her mom see a little pony that is round, very dirty, and shaggy. But could he be the perfect pony? Katie is willing to work hard and clean away the dirt. She brushes away the snags in the pony's fur. She may have found her true friend. McNicholas' watercolor and pencil illustrations give readers beautiful pastoral scenes against which the possibility of a perfect friendship blossoms.
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K-Gr 2 - Katie has always wanted a pony, and she is about to get her wish. She has earned it by helping in the barn and taking riding lessons. However, the search for the "perfect pony" takes longer than she expected. One is too spirited, another too stubborn, and still another is too young. Then she and her mother find a shaggy, mud-covered pony that Katie declares is too dirty. After lots of grooming, she rides him and they get along wonderfully. Even if he isn't sleek and fast, she knows that she has found just the right animal for her. Katie is an appealing heroine who is willing to work hard for what she wants and smart enough to realize that first appearances can be deceiving. The warmth of the mother/daughter relationship shines through in the cheerful watercolor-and-pencil illustrations that also feature an engaging variety of ponies whose antics will be familiar to young equestrians and entertaining to all readers. The pastoral landscapes, nicely detailed riding and stable backgrounds, and expressive characters reinforce the mood of the text to create a congenial equestrian adventure.-Carol Schene, formerly at Taunton Public Schools, MA

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Written in the first person with a simple, direct style and repetition, this accessible tale chronicles a young girl's early love for horses and her eventual search for the "perfect pony." After try-outs with several beautiful mounts, the happy and dependable horse Katie eventually-and predictably-chooses is not the "sleek and shiny" one she imagined, but a "round, filthy little" pony who takes a lot of work to make him shine. The realistic, spring-hued watercolor and line pastoral pictures could have done a better job of establishing character and setting-is Katie a farm girl, a rich kid with large stables on the family acreage or somebody else?-but the many repeated renderings of the blond ponygirl and her bevy of apprentice chargers should have lap-sit horse-lovers chomping at the bit. The lack of picture storybooks on this perennially popular topic should keep this trotting off the shelves. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803728516
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/5/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 years
  • Lexile: 430L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley lives on a forty-two-acre farm in Bristol, Tennessee.

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