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Impatiently anticipating the birth of her pony's foal, Nora checks Bonnie's stall every day after school, and when the perfect little creature eventually arrives, Nora decides to name her new friend Finally.
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PreSchool-Grade 2?When her grandfather's big work horse is about to foal, Nora can hardly wait for the birth. Days go by however, and each time Nora, her Gramps, or her Grams goes to check, the report is "no foal yet." The mare Bonnie is the only one not bothered by the wait though she does seem annoyed when they wake her up checking on her at night. The foal arrives when everyone is otherwise occupied and Bonnie manages without help. Nora and her grandfather watch the newborn get to its feet and Nora thinks of the perfect name for it: "Finally." Like the previous story about Nora and Gramps, Mowing (Greenwillow, 1994), this is a quiet book filled with a feeling of warmth and appreciation of the natural world. Smith's warm watercolor illustrations perfectly match the mood of the text. Large Bonnie's gentle nature is felt through the pictures, especially when she is licking her foal. Nora's relatively young grandparents seem appropriately exhausted and elated when the foal finally arrives. The wide double-page spreads seem a fitting design for this vignette of farm life. A good choice for story hours or classrooms.?Louise L. Sherman, Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ
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Ages 6^-8. Nora, who lives on a farm with her grandparents, is waiting for the mare Bonnie to give birth. The story conveys both the excitement and the emotional exhaustion of that wait. Smith's soft-edged watercolor-and-colored-pencil illustrations beautifully detail the animals on the farm, the stable, and even Nora and her grandparents. The pictures are touched with gentle, golden light, like the light of a springtime twilight. The foal eventually arrives, with only its mother as witness. Nora comes in soon after, and the story lingers for several pages on the young foal getting to its feet and nursing. After waiting such a long time, neither Nora nor the reader wants to be hurried along. In the long run, "Finally," as the foal comes to be named, has been worth the wait. Mary Harris Veeder
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Book Description Greenwillow Books, 1995. Library Binding. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0688129269