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Leah's Pony
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Elizabeth Friedrich is the author of many books, including The Story of God's Love, which has sold over a half-million copies. She lives in Stratham, New Hampshire. Michael Garland is the author and illustrator of Angel Cat, among many other titles. He lives in Patterson, New York.

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K-Gr 3‘A fine example of successful historical fiction in picture-book format. Leah's parents are farmers in the Great Plains of the 1930s. Amid locusts and drought, their bank forecloses on its loan, ordering a farm auction. Leah sells her beloved pony and uses the money to bid one dollar for her father's tractor. No one has the heart to outbid her. Her action inspires others at the auction to buy the rest of the goods for ridiculously low-dusty bids and return everything to Leah's family. The oil paintings with subdued color values have great intensity, especially several that catch their subjects full-face and frozen at the peak of strong emotional reactions. Impact is enhanced by the starkness of the setting and the illustrations' stillness. This is a far cry from the brightness of Garland's My Cousin Katie (Crowell, 1989; o.p.). Friedrich adds a one-page historical note describing the Dust Bowl during the Great Depression, and "penny" farm auctions. A moving, effective sketch of a child's bravery and its power to trigger generosity in the adults around her.‘ Liza Bliss, Worcester Public Library, MA

"A fine example of successful historical fiction in picture book format. Leah's parents are farmers in the Great Plains of the 1930s. ... The oil paintings with subdued color values have great intensity, especially several that catch their subjects full-face and frozen at the peak of strong emotional reactions. Impact is enhanced by the starkness of the setting and the illustrations' stillness. --School Library Journal, starred review

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