Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Clarence Goes Out West and Meets a Purple Horse

Author: Jean Eckman Adams

First line: Clarence is going on a trip.

Why you should read this book: Clarence is a little edgy about his trip to a dude ranch, but Smoky, his horse for the week, gives him plenty of confidence to ride, dance, gamble, and play the washtub in a cowboy band in this gorgeously and whimsically illustrated book. When Clarence learns that Smoky is getting long in the tooth and is about to be sent out to pasture, the little pig knows he must save his big friend. Sacrifice in the name of friendship makes perfect sense and changes Clarence's life for good.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You'd send an old horse to a glue factory.

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