Molly, having so desperately wanted a horse, finally gets one and, although it is old and somewhat haggard looking, it surprisingly gives birth to a beautiful mule with a shining brown coat that grows to be truly handsome and is crowned King of the Mule Day Parade.
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Marguerite Henry was the beloved author of such classic horse stories as King of the Wind, Misty of Chincoteague, and Stormy: Misty’s Foal, all of which are available in Aladdin paperback editions.From Kirkus Reviews:
Molly wants a horse of her own, but money is tight in the Moore household, making it unlikely that she'll ever realize her dream. When the sale of an old tractor brings in a windfall, Mr. Moore resolves to buy a present for her tenth birthday. They come away from the weekly horse auction, however, with a skinny, mangy-looking old mare, not the young steed Molly has always envisioned. Back home, Lady Sue is a pleasant surprise; she is not young, but she is a fine, intelligent, well-trained animal. The ``weight'' Lady Sue puts on turns out to be a foal, and the foal turns out to be a mule, a beautiful, long-haired male with whom Molly falls in love, and whom she proudly names Brown Sunshine of Sawdust Valley. Brown Sunshine proves to be such a quick study that he's chosen to be King Mule at the county's annual Mule Day Celebration. Vintage Henry (Misty's Twilight, 1992, etc.)--a lighthearted version of the old girl-meets-horse story; only this time, the horse is a mule. That fact will send readers to their encyclopedias to find out more about these much- maligned animals. Shields's black-and-white drawings bring warmth to the story. (Fiction. 8-12) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bonnie Shields (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0689803648
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