Leah's pony was swift and strong. Together they would cross through cornfields and over pastures, chasing cattle as they galloped under summer skies. Then came the year the corn grew no taller than a man's thumb. Locusts blackened the sky. The earth turned to dust. Gone were the cornfields and pastures where Leah and her pony once rode. It was the beginning of the great drought.
With no money coming in, Leah's papa faced losing the family farm. The only choice was for him to put the family farm and all its equipment up for auction. To save the farm, Leah sells her beloved pony and uses the money to buy back some of what her family needs. And inspired by that act of generosity, everyone in town decides to do their part to help Leah and her family. Set in the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, Elizabeth Friedrich's deeply felt story, vividly portrayed through Michael Garland's stunning oil paintings, tells of one child and what she would sacrifice for love of her family.
"On the day of the auction, Leah sells her pony and bids the money — a dollar — on the tractor. No one in the close-knit community tops her bid, and she secures the vehicle. The neighbors bid — a nickel for a cow, a quarter for a plow — settling the debt and returning the goods to Leah's family.... Friedrich tells a moving story of family love and gives a reminder of what matters." — Kirkus Reviews
|5 - 8
|Sep 1, 1999
|Boyds Mills Press