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The Mud Pony

The Mud Pony

by Caron Lee Cohen Illustrated by Shonto Begay

There was once a poor boy in an Indian camp who longed for a pony more than anything. So he dug the wet earth and shaped a pony out of mud. He loved his mud pony and took care of it as though it were real.

One day, when his village broke camp for a buffalo hunt, the boy was left behind. "My people!" he cried out. "I will never find you! I am all alone!" That night he dreamed that his pony was alive and speaking to him.

"You are not alone," the pony said. "Mother Earth has given me to you." And when he awoke, remarkably, his mud pony had indeed come to life.

Caron Lee Cohen's poignant text is spare, yet is as rich as the earth with meaning. And Shonto Begay's accompanying art conveys all of the spirit and wonder of this ancient American classic of faith and courage.

"Splendidly illustrated. A moving, multi-leveled heroic tale." — Kirkus Reviews

7, 8, 9
Interest Level
Grades 2 - 4
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Myths and Legends

About the Author and Illustrator

Caron Lee Cohen Caron Lee Cohen is the author of many picture books. She lives in New York City.
Contributor Image Alt Tag Shonto Begay Shonto Begay is a children's illustrator and author. He is a Navaho, born in Shonto, Arizona.

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