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Steinbeck, John
New York : Penguin, 1992.
IL 5-8 RL 6.4
ISBN 0140177361
Jody 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".
SUBJECTS:     Horses  -- Fiction


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