BROWN SUNSHINE OF SAWDUST VALLEY by Marguerite Henry

BROWN SUNSHINE OF SAWDUST VALLEY

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Age Range: 8 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Molly wants a horse of her own, but money is tight in the Moore household, making it unlikely that she'll ever realize her dream. When the sale of an old tractor brings in a windfall, Mr. Moore resolves to buy a present for her tenth birthday. They come away from the weekly horse auction, however, with a skinny, mangy-looking old mare, not the young steed Molly has always envisioned. Back home, Lady Sue is a pleasant surprise; she is not young, but she is a fine, intelligent, well-trained animal. The ``weight'' Lady Sue puts on turns out to be a foal, and the foal turns out to be a mule, a beautiful, long-haired male with whom Molly falls in love, and whom she proudly names Brown Sunshine of Sawdust Valley. Brown Sunshine proves to be such a quick study that he's chosen to be King Mule at the county's annual Mule Day Celebration. Vintage Henry (Misty's Twilight, 1992, etc.)--a lighthearted version of the old girl-meets-horse story; only this time, the horse is a mule. That fact will send readers to their encyclopedias to find out more about these much- maligned animals. Shields's black-and-white drawings bring warmth to the story. (Fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-689-80364-8
Page count: 93pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 1996




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