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Chucaro: Wild Pony of the Pampa (Newbery Honor Roll) Paperback – January 1, 1993
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The author clearly sympathizes more with the gauchos and farmers who work the land than with the patrón. He seems smitten with Juan, the tall, lanky horse whisperer, gentle step-father, and rugged he-man. Though the title names Chúcaro the pony, and it is Pedrito who discovers him, Juan is really the focus. The illustrations by Julian de Miskey corroborate the author's priority, giving Juan the most developed lines.
The author's somewhat pedantic tone ("Now scratching, you will agree, is a very personal thing") matches the overtly educational content: "Looking at it from an airplane flying high, the pampa seems vast, bare, and bleak." There is little dialogue, and the story seems to have been written with school lessons in mind. As such, it seems stuck in its time, and probably would have been forgotten if not for its Newbery Honor status. It has less value as children's literature than as a sociological artifact indicating the pedagogical concerns of the 1950s.