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Leah's Pony / by Elizabeth Friedrich, illustrated by Michael Garland

 


Title:
  Leah's Pony
Author:  Elizabeth Friedrich
Illustrator: Michael Garland
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
ISBN:  1-56397-189-5
Year:  1996
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

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