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is at the age where he wants adults to know everything and make everything
turn out OK, but he's finding out painfully that adults make mistakes and
can't control everything. His dad doesn't treat Grandpa with respect; Billy
Buck doesn't know everything about horses. Reading the four parts to the
Red Pony help us remember how it was when we started to form a picture
of our own parents as fallible human beings -- the time of trade off between
relying on the security of our parents' ways and the feeling of freedom
we get when we form our own conclusions. That time is effectively documented
in the "Red Pony".
Horses -- Fiction
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