Pony Pals: I Want a Pony

Chapter Book

Bibliographic Information: Betancourt, Jeanne. Pony Pals: I Want a Pony. New York: Scholastic, 1994.

Plot Description:
Lulu wants a pony because her father left her with her grandmother to go on a trip. She wants to ride with her friends and participate in competitions. Lulu finds a wounded pony that may have been neglected by its owners. She has a vet come look at the pony, and he fixes the animal as best he can. The owner is mad that he has to pay medical bills when the pony still might have to be put down; Lulu wants to use her allowence for the year to pay for the animal so that she can have it. She takes care of the pony while the it recovers. Lulu and her friends write a letter to the daughter of the pony’s owner, asking if Lulu can rent the animal. She writes back her agreement.

Quantitative Reading Level: Lexile: 690; Accelerated Reader: 4.2

Qualitative Reading Analysis:
This book is written in third-person, focusing on caring for animals. It teaches about responsibility. There is one full-page illustration per chapter. The text is 4th grade reading level.

Content Area: English

Content Area Standard:

  • CCSS for Literature for K-5: #2 Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral; #4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language; #7 Explain how specific aspects of a text’s illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story; #10 Read and comprehend literature in grade level text complexity range.
  • CCSS for Informational Text for K-5: #5 Know and use various text features (e.g., captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently; #7 Explain how specific images (e.g., a diagram showing how a machine works) contribute to and clarify a text.
  • CCSS for Foundational Skills for K-5:  #4 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

Curriculum suggestions:
This is a great chapter book to use in English Language Arts Curriculum. It is best suited to 3rd grade through 5th grade. It explores themes like friendship and compassion.

Character Diversity:
Main character is Brazillian-American, supporting characters are African-American and Caucasian.

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