Amy Ford lived on a farm in the Southwest, and hadn't learned to love her red hair and hated being teased about it. She and her brother Gordie walked to their one room school every day and planned to catch a wild donkey so they could ride as the others did. The first snowfall of a hard winter reached blizzard proportions on the day that Amy and Gordie borrowed Old Star, their neighbor Mrs. Pettigrew's aged pony. The schoolhouse was marooned during the snowfall until late at night and it was Rowdie, the showoff and tease, who volunteered to go out into thee stinging blizzard to bring Old Star into the saving warmth of the school. It is a story rich with incident in a vocabulary that should present no problems for members of this age group. Its characters are welldrawn both in the text and in the illustrations of Erik Blegvad.