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Norton Saves the Day
Norton Saves the Day
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Norton Saves the Day

by Bernadette Kelly
Illustrated by Liz Alger

Norton seems a little bored, so his owner Molly decides to take him to riding school. She can't wait to teach the rest of the class a thing or two about training ponies.

GenreSports Fiction
Reading LevelGrades 2-2
Interest LevelGrades 1-3
Lexile Level560L
ATOS Level3
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #130638
PublisherPicture Window Books
Page Dimensions5 1/4" x 8"
Page Count56
BindingReinforced Library Binding
List Price: $21.32 School/Library Price

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Practically Paradise Blog - Diane Chen

"Giving Capstone early chapter books Among the books I'm sorting for River Valley Elementary are these titles from Capstone Publishing. Norton Saves the Day (Pony Tales) by Bernadette Kelly. Illustrated by Liz Alger. Picture Window Books. ©2010 ISBN 9781404855052 $14.99 Second graders will enjoy this Pony Tales series. Those of you who have visited my library know I inherited about 7 sets of horse and pony books for girls that never seem to have been checked out. My middle schoolers living in the multi-cultural suburbs of Nashville are not exactly dreaming of owning a pony. Therefore, it takes a unique title to catch my interest and enable me to send it on to elementary schools. Here's the publishers description: Norton is a naughty pony. Everyone thinks so. Well, everyone except his owner, Molly. She thinks Norton is the most perfect pony in the whole world, no matter what kind of trouble he causes! In Norton Saves the Day Molly takes her mother's advice to enroll Norton in riding school. I love the illustrations in this title as they tell an essential part of the story. Readers can gasp at the audacious naughtiness of this horse throughout and the blind love Molly has for Norton. I also appreciate the illustrator drawing a very real woman for Molly's mother rather than the model types that often appear. Readers will be able to identify that the author and the illustrator both wanted horses when they were growing up, but I'm sure no one wants a horse like Norton. Norton Saves the Day was first published in Australia by Black Dog Books in 2008. Other titles in this series include Naughty Norton, Norton's First Show, and Who Stole Norton. For elementary collections needing beginning adventure science fiction here's the series Captain Cal. I reviewed Captain Cal and the Garbage Planet by Jan Dallimore and illustrated by Richard Morden. I noticed this was originally published in Australia by Black Dog Books with the title Captain Cal and the Grotts. I'm still trying to figure out what a grott is. Does it have anything to do with the black metal band from Finland that developed the concept of the Troll Syndicate where trolls wipe out and control humanity? In Captain Cal and the Garbage Planet Cal and his friends help the Grotts or inhabitants of another planet learn how to recycle, reuse and reduce their trash. Science purists will roll their eyes over some aspects, but 2-3rd graders will enjoy Captain Cal's adventures. Additonal Captain Cal titles include: Captain Cal and the Robot Army Captain Cal and the Giant Straw Captain Cal and the Great Space Race" - Practically Paradise Blog

December 15, 2009

Library Media Connection - Betsy Ruffin, Librarian, Irving Elementary, Cleburne, Texas

"Reality versus perception is a theme of these two humorous titles. Molly loves her pony Norton and sees him as clever, loving, and innocent of the problems he causes. However, the pictures show us a different story. In Naughty Norton, Molly is trying to ride Norton, but all her attempts fail as Norton ignores her to eat grass, snatches the sugar cube from her hand, hides in a tree, and more. In Norton Saves the Day, Molly is at riding school, but Norton is no better behaved. For once, though, Norton obeys the command to stop and halts just before Molly would have been hurt. Each of these chapter books also includes horse facts, a glossary, questions to answer, and writing prompts. Numerous b&w illustrations show the truth about Norton. End materials include help for integrating books into curriculum studies. The books are good for those transitioning from picture books to chapter books. Readers should find the tales of Molly and her naughty horse amusing, making this a series to watch for. Recommended." - Library Media Connection

January 1, 2010

Bernadette Kelly

Bernadette Kelly

While growing up, Bernadette Kelly desperately wanted her own horse. Although she rode other people's horses, she didn't get one of her own until she was an adult. Many years later, she is still obsessed with horses. Luckily, she lives in the country where there is plenty of room for her four-legged friends. When she's not writing or working with her horses, Bernadette takes her two children to pony club competitions.

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