Title: Leah's Pony
Author: Elizabeth Friedrich
Illustrator: Michael Garland
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
Flesch-Kinkaid Grade Level: 3.3
Concepts: Great Depression, scarcity, auctions, natural resources, unemployment
Summary: A fine example of successful historical fiction in picture-book format. Leah's parents are farmers in the Great Plains of the 1930s. Amid locusts and drought, their bank forecloses on its loan, ordering a farm auction. Leah sells her beloved pony and uses the money to bid one dollar for her father's tractor. No one has the heart to outbid her.
Source of Summary: School Library Journal Review