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Brown Sunshine of Sawdust Valley

Brown Sunshine of Sawdust Valley

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Brown Sunshine of Sawdust Valley

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3/5 (32 valutazioni)
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84 pagine
34 minuti
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Pubblicato:
Dec 18, 2012
ISBN:
9781442488090
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One of the most beloved of all children’s book writers tells the story of a seemingly worn-out mare, owned by Molly’s family, who is carrying a secret: a baby mule! Young Molly thinks the new creature is the most beautiful thing she’s ever seen. She calls him Brown Sunshine of Sawdust Valley, and as the years go by, Molly discovers that, just like his mother, her mule is full of wonderful surprises.
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Pubblicato:
Dec 18, 2012
ISBN:
9781442488090
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Libro

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Marguerite Henry was the beloved author of such classic horse stories as King of the Wind; Misty of Chincoteague; and Stormy, Misty’s Foal, all of which are available in Aladdin paperback editions.


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CONTENTS

CHAPTER 1

ALL I WANT TO DO IS RIDE

CHAPTER 2

MY TENTH BIRTHDAY

CHAPTER 3

HORSE SALE—LOWER BARN

CHAPTER 4

NUMBER THIRTEEN

CHAPTER 5

I’M HERE NOW

CHAPTER 6

I RIDE HER EASY

CHAPTER 7

NO TIME TO LOSE

CHAPTER 8

GOLDEN IN THE SUNLIGHT

CHAPTER 9

LATE AFTERNOON OF THE NEWBORN

CHAPTER 10

THE LONER DOWN THE HILL

CHAPTER 11

KEEP YOUR TRACES TIGHT!

CHAPTER 12

IT’S NOT HOW LONG THE EARS ARE . . .

CHAPTER 13

ROYAL GIFT

CHAPTER 14

BROWN SUNSHINE GROWS

CHAPTER 15

THE TALE OF BROWN SUNSHINE’S TAIL

CHAPTER 16

THE COMMITTEE ARRIVES

CHAPTER 17

PREPARATIONS

CHAPTER 18

SPRING SHOW MULE CLIP

CHAPTER 19

MULE DAY

CHAPTER 20

THE KING

CHAPTER 21

HOME

To Susan Ambrose–

May this book be a reminder to you of the gifts you are giving the world.

M. H.

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CHAPTER 1

ALL I WANT TO DO IS RIDE

September 1

Dear Diary,

I get a sick feeling whenever I look at a person riding a horse and acting so smug and happy at being up there. I just want to crawl under a rock and cry.

That’s why I detest Freddy Westover. Besides owning show horses, he’s the fastest forward and the highest scorer on our soccer team. And in school parades he gets to lead the band. But worst of all, he wins the blue ribbons at the horse shows on a big Tennessee walking horse named Strolling Joe.

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Me? In soccer they call me P.F., for personal fouls, because I forget to trap or kick the ball. I use my hands instead, so the other team is always getting free kicks. And the only time I get to ride a horse is when Freddy lets me—but it’s never on Strolling Joe. It’s always on his old mare, Della, who can hardly move because of arthritis.

And he acts like a king granting a favor to his lowest subject. Molly, he says, "you can ride once around the field on Della. Then you can muck out her stall and clean Joe’s tack."

Funny thing is, I do exactly what Freddy says, because I just want to ride. It’s all I ever think about. Even now when I’m writing in my diary I get all choked up, like I have an allergy or something.

The only good thing about Freddy is his big blue weimaraner dog, Smokestack. He spends more time with me than he does with Freddy, and I think that makes Freddy mad.

One good person in my life is our librarian, Elizabeth Potts. She puts aside horse books for me. I read two a week, even though they’re mostly about horse-sick kids who always get a horse at the end of the story. Not like me! And here I live in Tennessee—practically the horse capital of the whole world.

I can’t talk to my parents. They have enough to worry about. I hear them talking serious at night about making ends meet and wishing they could buy me this or that. But they never mention a horse.

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Mom just put on her new CD of Lights Out. Guess whenever I hear it, I’ll fall right asleep wherever I am.

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With a tiny brass key, Molly locked her diary, tucked it under her pillow, and curled up in bed. But she didn’t fall right asleep. She pretended she was a famous author and had just sold a book to the movies for a million dollars. Without a second thought, she knew what to do with the money. She’d buy

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  • (3/5)
    Cute pony story told partly through diary entries, partly in third person.
  • (5/5)
    Was a very good book to read. Love horses so I really enjoyed this book.
  • (3/5)
    I liked this book for a couple different reasons. The first is because of the story's plot. The little girl wants a horse for her birthday and is beyond excited when her day finally arrives. She goes to an auction with her dad and awaits for the perfect horse to come around. When her father finally bids and wins a horse Molly is not too happy about the mare he chose. She is a run down mare named Lady. He tells Molly that they can work their magic and fix her right up. Later in the story, Lady has a baby, and the baby is a mule. Throughout the story, Molly finds out that, just like his mother, Brown Sunshine has surprises in store. Another thing I liked about this book was that even though it is a chapter book, it still has a few small pictures. The pictures come at crucial times in the story to help describe the way something looks. For example, there is a small picture to show the worn out face of Lady when they first purchase her at the auction. I think the main idea of this story is not to judge a book by its cover. Molly did not want Lady because she looked old and worn out. Little did she know that Brown Sunshine would be born a little while later. She ended up enjoying the company of Lady and then getting another pet too!
  • (3/5)
    A story of a girl’s dream of a horse and how the mule she receives brings her, her family, and a boy closer together.