From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3–Chloe, a riding enthusiast who has been awaiting the jumping competition, is paired with Niki, a beautiful pony with a reputation of never following riders' commands. She saddles him up and tries to make the most of the situation, but is nearly in tears. Her Uncle Tony shows up with a present–a riding baton from Mexico that he says is magical. She guides the horse through his paces to win the race–and many others after that. Then, just before an important meet, Chloe realizes that the baton is missing, and she loses her confidence. This time, Niki leads them to the starting gate, and pony and rider perform perfectly together. The smooth text is supported by lovely ink-and-watercolor spreads. With its story of courage and learning, horse lovers will adore this picture book.–Alice DiNizo, Plainfield Public Schools, NJ
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About the Author
Julie Litty lives in France.