Pony Island by Candice Ransom

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The famous wild ponies of Assateague and Chincoteague Island, presented in stunning technicolor.

Centuries ago, a Spanish shipwreck left dozens of horses stranded on Assateague Island, off the coast of Virginia. For years they were free to roam on their new island home without human contact, until the neighboring island, Chincoteague, suffered a series of fires that devastated the town. The volunteer firefighters held a special event to raise money for a new fire truck, and so began the Wild Pony Swim that continues to this day. This unique American tradition recounted in pitch-perfect rhyme will engage the youngest of readers. These world-famous ponies captured in bright, dynamic colors will sure appeal to any horse lover.

About Candice Ransom

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Author Bio: Candice Ransom (www.candiceransom.com) has published more than one hundred books for children, including Iva Honeysuckle Discovers the World, Seeing Sky-Blue Pink, Finding Day's Bottom, and The Big Green Pocketbook. She lives with her husband in Fredericksburg, Virginia.Illustrator Bio: Heather Ross (www.heatherross.squarespace.com) is an artist, author and textile designer. Her first book, Weekend Sewing, came out in 2009. She has been featured on The Martha Stewart Show. Heather's home and studio are in New York City.
Published March 31, 2009 by Walker Childrens. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Likewise, Zahares’s wild, broad-stroked, bold-colored pastels are visually interesting but don’t allow either the ponies or the people to emerge as distinct characters.

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Publishers Weekly

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Lit by the flaming red sunset, the ponies have a regal demeanor as they “race through town.” With the money raised, the town purchases a “shiny engine,” and the crowd cheers, “Bring back ponies/ Every year!” A parting image shows the ponies galloping on the beach, “wild and free,” at sunrise.

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School Library Journal

“Morning sunrise / By the sea / Ponies gallop / Wild and free.” Backmatter includes an Author’s Note and a small bibliography of books and websites for further reading.

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