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PADDYWACK by Stephanie Spinner


by Stephanie Spinner and illustrated by Daniel Howarth

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: April 27th, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-375-86186-4
Publisher: Random House

This Step into Reading Level 3 entry tells the story of a young girl named Jane and her pony, Paddywack. What makes this stand out from other pony titles is that it is told by Paddywack: “When I first got Jane, she did not know how to ride.” Jane’s worst offense, though, is in failing to remember his treats. After he escapes his stall and jumps the garden fence to get them himself, Jane realizes that giving him treats will improve his performance. But when she forgets to bring treats to the big horse show, will Paddywack understand or throw the competition? Howarth’s illustrations, though largely pedestrian in execution and reproduction, accurately depict the riding ring, equipment and jumps. Paddywack himself, though, is full of personality; his facial expressions and body language speak volumes. With an enjoyable story so close to reality (and to the dreams of those who yearn for a pony of their own), this is sure to find readers. (Early reader. 5-8)