Academic journal article New England Reading Association Journal

Runaway Radish

Academic journal article New England Reading Association Journal

Runaway Radish

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HAAS, JESSIE. (2001). Runaway Radish. New York: Greenwillow Books. ISBN 0-688-- 16688-1.

Radish is a pony with attitude. He knows what he likes and he knows how to get "his people" to give him what he wants. In particular, he likes to teach the little children who ride him important lessons about riding and life. When Radish is first brought home to be young Judy's pony, he teaches her where to scratch his neck, the right way to fall, to keep her temper, and to hold on tight. Judy learns to be an excellent rider but as the years pass, Judy grows too tall to ride Radish any longer. Radish is sold to another family with a little girl. Though Radish misses Judy, he teaches Nina, the new little girl, more important lessons like how to jump puddles, how to tighten the girth carefully, and how to trust Radish - he would never let her fall ("unless Radish wanted her to"). But as little girls always do, Nina grows up and Radish stays just the same size he has always been.

One day, Radish goes in search of Nina, who has gone riding on a much larger horse. …

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