Title: Mrs. Mack
Author: Patricia Polacco
The author remembers the summer when she was ten years old and staying with her father in Michigan where she took riding lessons and became best friends with a perfect horse.
Patricia is thrilled when her father decides that she’s finally old enough to learn to ride. But her dreams of having a beautiful horse of her own are dashed when he takes her to a stable in Dogpatch, the rundown section of town. Patricia is sure that she’ll never learn anything in a place like that. But it’s in Dogpatch that Patricia meets two individuals-kind, patient Mrs. Mack and a glorious chestnut mare named Penny-who help her overcome her fears, and change her life forever. Powerfully written, beautifully told, and brought to life with rich watercolor illustrations, this is a story that will touch the heart of everyone who reads it.
A Smithsonian Magazine Notable Book of the Year