Surfer Dude (Szymanski and Kantjas)

This is a very touching and moving book for children and their adults that is basedon a true story.  I rate it highly!  The illustrations are warmly appealing and add resonance to the story.  Lois Szymanski tells the reader about Surfer Dude, one of the Chincoteague ponies.  Those who know Chincoteague may have read books like Misty of Chincoteague.  For those who don’t know, Chincoteague is a special place where wild ponies live.  In this book, the reader watches Surfer Dude from the time he is named as a pony until he dies twenty-three years later.  The depiction of his death is quite beautiful and is well incorporated in the story.  The reader comes to care deeply for Surfer Dude and his family.  There are several resources in the book; one about the wildlife on the island while the other is about the ponies and names and talks about many of them.  I give this book a five star ***** rating, something that I do only rarely.  Read it!

Thank you NetGalley and the publisher.

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