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The Red Pony
The Red Pony
Author: John Steinbeck
THE RED PONY is the story of a boy who dreamed great dreams, of the sorrel colt that was the focus of those dreams, of the land that nourished them, of the mountains that hid their fulfillment. — Raised on a ranch in northern California, Jody is well-schooled in the hard work and demands of a rancher's life. He is used to the way of horses, t...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780140177367
ISBN-10: 0140177361
Publication Date: 2/1/1993
Pages: 112
Rating:
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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3.5 stars, based on 71 ratings
Publisher: Penguin
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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I enjoyed the story as well as the character development and descriptions of rural life.
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The Red Pony is the story of a boy who dreamed great dreams, of the sorrel colt that was the focus of those dreams, of the land that nourished them, of the mountains that hid their fulfillment. Steinbeck's early masterpiece reveals his profound love of many things - children and their wondrous imaginings, mountains, animals, people - and the land. The Red Pony is one of Steinbeck's most beloved works. It will be treasured by generations.
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In fairness I'm rating this book a four although I had hated it. After someone explained the point of it to me, now it's just 'oh, I get it' but that doesn't really translate into stars as easily. I'll explain why I'm rating it four stars anyway, though. The book started out beautifully, because, at that point, it was fulfilling all of my expectations and more. I figured this would, after all, be about a boy and his red pony. Then, not halfway the book, that all ends but the book keeps going--only to end in what appears to be the middle of nowhere. The point of the book isn't the pony, but that the pony is the beginning of the boy's journey into adulthood and the understanding of how the world really works. At this, the book does succeed and does very well in doing so (deserving it's four stars)--in hindsight. It doesn't do much, however, if you think THE RED PONY is simply about the red pony. Darn those slippery classics.
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Reviewed by Taylor Rector for TeensReadToo.com

Jody is a young boy whose father buys him a horse. He instantly falls in love with the horse and vows to take good care of it. He names the horse Galiban and the ranch hand, Billy Buck, helps Jody train him.

Then one night there is a cold rain storm and Billy forgets to go out and put a blanket over his horse. When Billy and Jody go to see him the next morning he has a bad cold. And over the next few days he only gets sicker and sicker. On about the fourth day, Jody wakes in the middle of the night and knows something is horribly wrong.

He runs out to the barn and Galiban is gone.

This is a good story and has a lot of meaning. Jody goes through a right of passage in this book and the reader can slowly watch him progress from a boy to a man. Easy, insightful read.
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Great story of the beautiful spirited red pony


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