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THE PERFECT PONY by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

THE PERFECT PONY

By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (Author) , Shelagh McNicholas (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: April 1st, 2007
ISBN: 0-8037-2851-4
Publisher: Dial

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)