Synopses & Reviews
Patricia is thrilled when her father decides that she's finally old enough to learn to ride. But her dreams of having a beautiful horse of her own are dashed when he takes her to a stable in Dogpatch, the rundown section of town. Patricia is sure that she'll never learn anything in a place like that. But it's in Dogpatch that Patricia meets two individuals--kind, patient Mrs. Mack and a glorious chestnut mare named Penny--who help her overcome her fears, and change her life forever. Powerfully written, beautifully told, and brought to life with rich watercolor illustrations, this is a story that will touch the heart of everyone who reads it.
Girls who love horses will strongly identify with Polacco's autobiographical story. (Publishers Weekly)
The bestselling author of "Rechenka's Eggs" and "The Keeping Quilt" shares a story of her childhood hero in this tribute to a woman who knew that working with and riding horses could test young people and change them in remarkable ways. A "Smithsonian Magazine" Notable Book of the Year. Full color.
Patricia Polacco presents a true story from her childhood, when she was finally old enough to learn to ride a horse. Her dreams of riding a beautiful steed are dashed when her father takes her to a stable in the rundown section of town. But it's there Patricia meets Mrs. Mack and a mare named Penny, who help her overcome her fears and change her life forever. Full-color illustrations.