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Summary: Ponies Patric and Deedee live peaceably in the big meadow. One day, as they were exploring, they heard the voices of two salamanders trapped in the mud. Sally and Mandy Sallymander were trapped. Deedee didn't like being dirty and wasn't much help. Patric rescued Sally and Mandy, and later goes out to find their brother Der. Now it is Patric who needs help! This time Deedee comes to the rescue. This is a text-heavy picture book about friendship.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 9; read yourself: 8 to 10
Interest Level: 6 to 9
Reading Level: 3.6
Age of Child: Read with a 7-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: We thought our daughter, who is horse crazy, would love this book. She stayed with it for a while, but said that Deedee was too mean and she didn't want us to keep reading.
Adult Reader Reaction: Edmond has created a strong story. Friendship and selfishness are not new themes, but this is mostly well done. The writing is uneven; sometimes it is perfectly paced; sometimes there is too much text or too much unnecessary or misplaced detail. The book is perfectly sized for a picture book with a lot to read. The story deserves stronger, better placed illustrations. For example, the text about the "SOLD" sign is on the page after the illustration. Even with the shortfalls, I would recommend this story.
Pros: Parents looking for a story about friendship, overcoming selfishness, and helping others will find a nice story in Patric the Pony.
Cons: The illustrations are flat and represent a scene but do not offer any other exploring. Because there is so much text, you may find your readers ready to move to the next page much more quickly than you can read.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a good story, but not one you would keep on your bookshelf forever.
Educational Themes: Patric saves the Sallymanders from a construction site. The sub-theme implied by the story is about conservation and endangered species. This is a theme you can bring out in talking about the book.
Notes: The author donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.