Cover image for My pony
Title:
My pony
Author:
Jeffers, Susan.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion Books for Children, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Summary:
Sally asks her mother to reread the story about a girl who, after creating many paintings of the pony she hoped for, grew up to become an artist.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.5 0.5 75802.
ISBN:
9780786819959

9780786826735
Format :
Book

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Summary

I want a pony. I want a pony more than anything in the world. At the heart of Susan Jeffers's exquisite picture book lies the idea that in her imagination, a child can journey anywhere and do anything-even fly through the stars on her very own pony.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

K-Gr. 2. In this partly autobiographical picture book, Jeffers recounts the story of a young unnamed girl who dreams of having a pony. Her parents explain that ponies are expensive and require a great deal of space, but the child's longing doesn't go away. To compensate, the girl begins drawing a pony, Silver, who comes to life, spiriting the child on a fantasy ride--cantering to join a herd of horses, galloping through a mountain stream, and finally flying back through the night sky to the girl's bedroom. Jeffers' signature artwork captures the imaginative tone of the story, and the fantasy scenes are reminiscent of her earlier work with single-volume fairy tales, such as Hansel and Gretel (1980). In a note, Jeffers explains her own love of horses and art, which began as a child and continues even now. This quiet, beautifully rendered book will be a good choice for story hours as well as for one-on-one sharing with would-be artists and equestrians. --Kay Weisman Copyright 2003 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Jeffers's (Three Jovial Huntsmen) own longing for a horse as a youngster and her childhood love of drawing horses infuses this tale with a palpable authenticity. "I want a pony. I want a pony more than anything else in the world," the likable young narrator begins. Whenever she asks her parents for one, they respond negatively, so the child creates a horse of her own. "I call her Silver. She has dapples and a shiny coat. When I draw her, it is as if she comes alive," she notes, while a translucent white horse watches over her as she paints. A turn of the page reveals the child soaring out of the window into the night sky on the animal's back. Pastel hues dominate the pleasing palette of Jeffers's artwork, which moves easily between homespun real scenes of the 1950s and incandescent dream sequences. By the shimmering moonlight, the two ride through pine boughs that resemble diamonds into a forest of candy- and carrot-bearing trees. They encounter a herd of other horses, which joins them as they gallop through a mountain stream and "flash like a comet across the sky" before returning home to the girl's drawing table. In a dramatic closing portrait, the horse seems to peer out at readers "Silver waits just outside my window. Always." A gentle paean to these awe-inspiring animals and to the power of imagination. All ages. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-The pigtailed narrator of this enchanting story wants a pony of her own. Her parents tell her that a horse is too expensive and that they don't have enough room, so she draws pictures of a horse. Her art takes her to a magical world where she rides a beautiful, dappled silver horse through forests and clouds. When she returns from her journey, she is happy because her imaginary animal "waits just outside my window. Always." In an author's note, Jeffers tells how her own longing for a horse led her to drawing. The sense of longing permeates the spare text but is softened by the beautiful, pastel watercolor-and-ink artwork. The dreamlike quality of the semitransparent horses and of the fantastic backgrounds is heightened by glossy ivory paper. This is a book that horse lovers will cherish.-Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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