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Mustang canyon
London, Jonathan, 1947-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Press, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
A young mustang is separated from its mother when a plane sweeps over the canyon and the horses run from the noise.
Reading Level:
AD 610 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.9 0.5 60391.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.4 1 Quiz: 31837 Guided reading level: M.
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Deep in the heart of the canyon, Little Pinto is just three months old. Still a bit unsteady on his feet, he must be ready to travel with his family, a band of rare, wild mustangs, as they search for water along the desert flats. Led by the colt's father, Old White Face, the band roams free but must always be alert for signs of danger. At his signal they are ready to scatter to safety, whether a strange stallion threatens the harem or a whining plane swoops overhead. But can Little Pinto keep up?

Author Notes

Jonathan London was born a "navy-brat" in Brooklyn, New York, and raised on Naval stations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. He received a Masters Degree in Social Sciences but never formally studied literature or creative writing. He began to consider himself a writer about the time he graduated from college. After college he became a dancer in a modern dance company and worked at numerous low-paying jobs as a laborer or counselor. He wrote poems and short stories for adults, earning next to nothing despite being published in many literary magazines. For some 20 years before he penned his first children's book, London was writing poetry and short stories for adults. In the early 1970s, he was reading his poems in San Francisco jazz clubs, and those experiences found their way into his witty children's book Hip Cat, which has been featured on the PBS children's television show Reading Rainbow.

After writing down the tale The Owl Who Became the Moon in 1989, London began to wonder if other people might want to read it. He picked up his kids' copy of Winnie-the-Pooh and saw that the book was published by Dutton, so he casually decided to send his story to them. Surprisingly enough, they wanted to publish him. Working with different illustrators, and occasionally with co-authors, London has produced literally dozens of books. Most have appeared under his name, but some have come out under a pseudonym, which still remains a secret.He has published over forty books and has earned recognitions from organizations like the National Science Teachers Association.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

PreS^-Gr. 2. Thundering wild horses leap off the pages of this handsome offering from the team who created Red Wolf Country (1996). On the opening spread, just-born Little Pinto learns to stand and nurse. By the next page, he's off and running with the herd through gorgeous desert canyons. London adds suspense when a series of interruptions startle the herd at a river--first an aggressive, unknown stallion and then a plane used to round up horses. Then Little Pinto takes a frightening plunge into the rushing white water; when he makes it to the other side, he is comforted by his mother. The words are spare, immediate, and informative, and San Souci's lavish, sharp watercolor artwork brings children close to the wild herd and the blistering desert heat. An afterword touches on the horse's history in North America, and a glossary defines words used in the text. Just as thrilling as the horses themselves are their wide-ranging travels across the austere landscapes. A must for cowboy wannabe's and horse fans; suggest this for science units, as well. --Gillian Engberg

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-This easy picture book consists of a few vignettes in the life of "Little Pinto," a new colt in a band of wild mustangs. This young animal witnesses a challenge to the leadership of the herd's stallion, sees and hears the threat of a low-flying airplane, and falls into the river. His mother crosses the water and leads him back to safety. Very young listeners and readers will want to go back to this exciting, reassuring title again and again. An afterword gives a brief background on the history of horses in North America and a glossary explains horse-related terms. San Souci's lovely spreads done in earth tones capture the joy of the running horses in their desert setting.-Ruth Semrau, Upshur County Public Library, Gilmer, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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