The Red Pony
The Red Pony

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Annotation: The story of a boy, his sorrel colt, and their lives on a ranch in California.
Catalog Number: #250501
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Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 1933
Edition Date: 1994
Pages: xxix, 95 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-14-018739-1 Perma-Bound: 0-8479-1267-1
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-14-018739-7 Perma-Bound: 978-0-8479-1267-4
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 94008791
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
Word Count: 35,382
Reading Level: 6.1
Interest Level: 9+
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 6.1 / points: 6.0 / quiz: 5284 / grade: Upper Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:6.4 / points:9.0 / quiz:Q09635
Lexile: 810L

A Penguin Classic

Written at a time of profound anxiety caused by the illness of his mother, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck draws on his memories of childhood in these stories about a boy who embodies both the rebellious spirit and the contradictory desire for acceptance of early adolescence. Unlike most coming-of-age stories, the cycle does not end with a hero “matured” by circumstances. As John Seelye writes in his introduction, reversing common interpretations, The Red Pony is imbued with a sense of loss. Jody’s encounters with birth and death express a common theme in Steinbeck’s fiction: They are parts of the ongoing process of life, “resolving” nothing. The Red Pony was central not only to Steinbeck’s emergence as a major American novelist but to the shaping of a distinctly mid twentieth-century genre, opening up a new range of possibilities about the fictional presence of a child’s world. This edition contains an introduction by John Seelye.

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