The Mud Pony: A Traditional Skidi Pawnee Tale

by Caron Lee Cohen (Author) Shonto Begay (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

A poor boy becomes a powerful leader when Mother Earth turns his mud pony into a real one, but after the pony turns back to mud, he must find his own strength. A Native American tale about a young boy and his magical pony that comes to life.

"Splendidly illustrated.... [A] moving, multileveled hero tale." - Kirkus Reviews

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Soft earth tones touched with the sky's many blues and dappled with the white of clay, or light, reflect the stem beauty of the Southwest, the luminous world of the imagination, and the vigorous action of horse and rider. An excellent addition to folklore collections.
Caron Lee Cohen
The earth home where Shonto Begay was born sat five miles southeast of the community of Shonto, Arizona. He was the fifth child of sixteen born to a Navajo medicine man. Shonto attended federal boarding schools all over the Navajo Indian Reservation in his elementary school years. He attended high school in Kayenta, Arizona; he attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico and received his Associate of Fine Arts degree, and later earned a degree from the California College of Arts & Crafts. He currently resides in Flagstaff, Arizona where he maintains a studio, The Foot of Sacred Mountain Studio. He also maintains ties with his traditional birthplace in Shonto, Arizona, where he has a Hogan/studio.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
August 01, 1989
BISAC categories
JUV012020 - Juvenile Fiction | Fairy Tales & Folklore | Country & Ethnic - General
Library of Congress categories
Indians of North America
Great Plains
Pawnee Indians

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