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The Mud Pony by Caron Lee Cohen

The Mud Pony

by Caron Lee Cohen, Shonto Begay (Illustrator), Caron Cohen

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The book The Mud Pony by Caron Lee Cohen is an interesting book and good for children to read. I like the perspective of this book and how the author challenges the reader to consider the life as a Native American was not very easy back in older times. The author gives a multicultural perspective to readers who are interested in learning more about Native Americans and their lifestyles. The plot is well written, the boy wishes for a pony so he builds one out of mud, then a pony comes to life and leads the boy to his people. The boy is then lead by the pony to a tribe where he becomes chief of those people in that land. I really liked the illustrations in this book. The pictures are made of a watercolor base that puts the pictures to life. The soft colors in this book accurately describe the text and go along great with the story. I think this book is organized and well written, and it could be a great book for anyone to read. ( )
  kaylastoots | Sep 14, 2015 |
This book kind of reminds me of the Footprints poem. Sometimes you have to let go & operate on faith/intuition. A story of a young Native American boy who dreams of having a pony. His dream comes true, but he gets separated from his family. The horse (who is part of Mother Earth) helps the boy find his family. The boy grows up to become the Chief of his people, but the horse has to return to Mother Earth. However, the book ends with him hearing the voice of the horse/Mother Earth saying, "I am here, your Mother Earth. You are not alone!" ( )
  shane54 | Mar 30, 2015 |
The genre of this book is legend. A young native American boy wished and longed for a horse, like all the other boys in his tribe. He built one out of mud, and the next day, Mother Earth made it alive. The mud horse helped the boy become a great and brave warrior, leading his people to victory against other tribes. One day, he even became a great chief himself. That is when Mother Earth wished to have the horse back, and the chief uncovered the mud horse from under the blanket, and the horse was gone. I would use this book in a 2nd or 3rd grade classroom to teach what a legend or folktale is. ( )
  athena.j | Mar 29, 2015 |
A poor young Pawnee boy, longing to have a horse of his own, shapes one out of the mud he finds along the creek, and is surprised to discover - one terrible day when he is left behind by his tribe - that it has come to life! Now, guided by his 'mud pony,' who speaks to him in his dreams, and is a gift from Mother Earth, the boy catches up to his people, going on to do great things, as a warrior and a chief.

Taken from the work of George A. Dorsey, a late 19th and early 20th-century ethnographer, this tale is described as an "ancient boy-hero tale" of the Skidi band of the Pawnee. The illustrations by Navajo artist Shonto Begay - whose work can also be found in Ma'ii and Cousin Horned Toad: A Traditional Navajo Story and The Magic Of Spider Woman - are just lovely, perfectly capturing the dreamlike quality of the boy's extraordinary experiences with his 'mud pony.' Recommended to all young readers who enjoy folktales, or love horses, and to all fans of Shonto Begay's artwork! ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Apr 25, 2013 |
A mud pony becomes real in this Native American tale. This story reveals the cultural concept of mother earth and the power the earth has. Pen and ink drawing with watercolor are used. Would be a good book to accompany a clay sculpture lesson. As well, this story could be taken outdoors in the garden to discuss in what ways we are connected to the earth, and what plants and such Native Americans hold sacred. ( )
  szierdt | Jun 3, 2011 |
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A Native American legend about a young boy and his magical pony. "Splendidly illustrated . . . An excellent addition to folklore collections."--Kirkus Reviews. A Reading Rainbow Selection.

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A poor boy becomes a powerful leader when Mother Earth turns his mud pony into a real one, but after the pony turns back to mud, he must find his own strength.

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