Chang's Paper Pony

Eleanor Coerr, Author, Deborah Kogan Ray, Illustrator, Deborah Kogan, Illustrator HarperCollins Publishers $14.95 (64p) ISBN 978-0-06-021328-2
It's the time of the Gold Rush in this I Can Read title; young Chang and his Grandpa Li work in the kitchen of the Gold Ditch Hotel in San Francisco. Since arriving from China, Chang has suffered indignities: he has been ostracized by American children and teased by the miners. Chang longs for a pony of his own, a pony to love and to ease the loneliness, but Grandpa says the only one they can afford is a paper onethe painting tacked above the stove. Kindly Big Pete, a miner, shows Chang how to dig and pan for gold, but he lacks enough for a pony. Then he finds gold dust where he least expects it. Although brief and simple, the story is rich in atmosphere, history and emotion. Coerr brings to young readers not only a satisfying tale, but a portrayal of an aspect of 19th century California history rarely attempted at this level. Ray's forceful drawings support the text well and firmly establish the dusty mining-town environment. She is particularly adept at showing the vulnerability of children, as well as the ways in which large and small joys affect them. Ages 5-8. (July)
Reviewed on: 07/01/1988
Release date: 07/01/1988
Genre: Children's
Paperback - 64 pages - 978-0-06-444163-6
Hardcover - 64 pages - 978-0-06-021329-9
Prebound-Sewn - 64 pages - 978-0-606-02552-2
Prebound-Sewn - 64 pages - 978-0-7807-1870-8
Prebound-Other - 64 pages - 978-0-7857-1270-1
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