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About the Author

Jean Slaughter Doty wrote over a dozen novels about horses and ponies, including The Crumb and Can I Get There by Candlelight?. Her stories have been treasured by generations of riders.

Ruth Sanderson has illustrated books for children of all ages, including the first paperback covers for the entire Black Stallion series. She lives with her family in Ware, Massachusetts, and her favorite hobby is horseback riding.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 0490 (What's this?)
  • Series: A Stepping Stone Book(TM)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (April 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037584709X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375847097
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Warning to those who are purchasing this book, (or the sequel Winter Pony), thinking that it is the original text....it isn't! It has been adapted for a younger reader, though that fact is not noted anywhere. Below is a comparison of the first couple of paragraphs of both editions, read, and BUYER BEWARE. If you want the originals, you'll have to get used hardcovers or the Scholastic paperbacks.

I find it utterly disgraceful that Random House has issued these books in altered form without ever so stating.

Summer Pony 2008

It was a gloomy gray day in March. A threat of late snow was in the air when the station wagon bumped to a stop by the shabby barn.

Ginny was shivering. She got out of the car and waited for her mother. Somehow, everything here seemed awful and unreal. This was the day her dreams were supposed to come true. She was going to have a pony, a pony of her own, for the whole summer ahead.

Plans had already been made with the owner of the Sweetbriar Pony Farm. She could choose any one of all the ponies in his stable. But something was wrong. They must have made a wrong turn off the main road. Nobody could keep ponies in a place like this.

She could feel the cold mud oozing through her sneakers. Her mother came up beside her. She wore a hopeful look on her face. She was trying to make the best of a bad situation. "Here we are, dear. I wonder where Mr. Dobbs can be?"

Summer Pony 1973

It was a miserable gray day in March, with a threat of late snow in the air, when the station wagon bumped to a stop by the shabby barn.

Ginny was shivering as she got out of the car and waited for her mother. Somehow, everything here seemed unpleasant and unreal.
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Absolutely HORRIFIED that the original text, with its incredible and dramatic prose, has been completely altered and edited. As well, it appears to be badly edited---whole blocks of text simply use slightly alternate wording that does nothing but make the prose less dramatic and less articulate.

Do yourself a favor and only buy the original copies of any of Jean Slaughter Doty's books. They are wonderful in their original form.
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Bought this for my six year old daughter. She read and thoroughly enjoyed this story and it's companion, "The Winter Pony".
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I bought this book for a Great-niece, who is an avid reader. I never read this as a child as I was too old for it by the time it came out, but I ran through it quickly last night before gifting it.

I think I would have liked a bit more of the reality factor as I was reading it, but did note that it had a lot more realism when it concerns horses/ponies than what I read at a comparable age. It shows that the author is a pony breeder/owner herself, and did a pretty good job of balancing the horrors of horse ownership with keeping it fun for the Equine-smitten kids.

When I had my first horse and pony, I knew next to nothing about their care, other than what I'd been able to glean out of horse books at the time; which wasn't much. There was so much less available at the time.

I did like that the hazards of tying horses out on long ropes was mentioned, as well as the colic episode, although the family got off pretty easy in both cases. Kids should probably be glad that Doty wrote this rather than myself, because I probably would have scared them blue with all my memories of things that happened to horses and novices.

All in all, I thought it had a nice balance of reality vs. longings. Such as winning a third place ribbon, instead of a blue, for example.

Another review mentioned that this was not the original text, and perhaps had I known that earlier, I would have gone with the other edition, but if your child is young and horse smitten, they are probably not going to notice the difference a whole lot.
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This book is by far one of the best stories I've ever read about horses and horse care. I have my own copy and read it over and over as a child, and have even read it several times since as an adult. I have since experienced what the heroine, Ginny, experienced in my own life--owning a blue-eyed, spotted mare of my own from a man who didn't take good care of his horses. It was wonderful to experience in my life exactly what Ginny experienced. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a young girl in their life who is horse crazy--she'll learn valuable lessons about horse care, riding with a helmet, and how to show. Very accurate and well-written for being an older book. May we all find our special Mokey!
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The author manages to stick to mainly sight words while adding a plot and working new vocabulary in a way that can fairly easily be figured out from the context. My first grader reAd it to my second grader and they they both enjoyed it...me too!
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This was one of the worst books I have read to my kids. We read a LOT of chapter books together, and we couldn't get past the first few chapters in this book because reading it/listening to it was painful. Why all the great reviews? I have no clue! I donated it.
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