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*Ponyella* by Laura Numeroff and Nate Evans, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger
 
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What Sisters Do Best/What Brothers Do Best

If You Give a Cat a Cupcake...

Mouse Cookies and More: A Treasury (If You Give...)

 
Also by Nate Evans:

Humpty Dumpty, Jr., Hardboiled Detective: The Case of the Fiendish Flapjack Flop

Humpty Dumpty, Jr., Hardboiled Detective: The Mystery of Merlin and the Gruesome Ghost

 
Also illustrated by Lynn Munsinger:

What Sisters Do Best/What Brothers Do Best

Hurty Feelings
Ponyella
by Laura Numeroff and Nate Evans, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger
Grades PreK-2 32 pages Hyperion January 2011 Hardcover    

This reworking of the Cinderella story opens when a pony farm changes hands and the new owner brings two strange ponies to the facility. Poor Ponyella finds herself picked on and mistreated by her new stablemates. The little white pony has to do all the chores like pulling the coal wagon, she isnít allowed to jump anymore, and no one brushes her or keeps her clean.

Ponyellaís existence takes a turn for the worse, if thatís possible, when Princess Penelope announces that she is seeking a new pony and will make her decision at the annual Grand Royal Pony Championship.

Although her stablemates plan to attend, Ponyella will be left at home. Then her fairy godmare intervenes, and all that changes. Not only does Ponyella attend the event, but she also captures the little princessís heart. However, at the stroke of high noon, the pony must leave the championship.

Naturally Ponyella leaves a diamond horseshoe behind so Princess Penelope can eventually locate her. And, of course, the princess and her pony live happily ever after.

A cute story with excellent illustrations, children will enjoy reading thi picture book over and over again. Little girls who love horses and ponies will find Ponyella irresistible, making this a favorite bedtime story.
 


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