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Reading My Library

Friday, September 3, 2010

The Perfect Pony, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

I feel it a certain duty to mention any horse books that I come across that are particularly cute or interesting. As I've mentioned before, I seem to be surrounded by horse-lovin' friends and family.

I never know if I'm mentioning a book that they already know about but sometimes I can surprise them! =) I don't know if The Perfect Pony is a surprise, but it certainly is a treat for any girl who dreams of owning her own pony.

The book opens with the following sentence, which is one that I know my friends could identify with:

"Mom says that pony was my first word."

This young girl's brother has a pony and she grew up learning how to ride on it. However, she has always dreamed of owning her very own pony - literally. She dreamed "He would be sleek and shiny,the color of toffee apples. Or he might be white, with sooty eyes and a delicate nose." Finally, her mother told her that the time had come for them to find a perfect pony for her. Oh what joy! What rapturous bliss! (Ok, I'll try not to overdo it here.)

Naturally, in the end, she does find the perfect pony for her. And so another young girl's horse dreams are fulfilled.

So on second thought - maybe you wouldn't want to encourage your daughter with this book? Unless, of course, you intend to back it up with an actual pony!


  1. LOL! You can encourage the dream you just have to be prepared for your kids to act on their dreams. I did at 12 and surprised my parents by buying/coming home with a horse one day! Sounds like a cute book!

  2. Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. I heard the name and thought "I know I've read something by her--something I enjoyed." But I was sure it wasn't a picture book. I looked it up in my catalog and discovered that I'd read two books by her--both of which I enjoyed and neither of which were picture books. (The Lacemaker and the Princess, juvenile historical fiction set in Versailles, and Leap of Faith, modern day fiction about a middle-schooler who converts to Catholicism after she gets kicked out of her public middle school and her atheist parents have no choice but to put her in a parochial school.)

    It looks like my library has The Perfect Pony, so I should be getting to it in another three to six months, I'll guess. (I'm just starting the Bs.)