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Clarence Goes Out West & Meets a Purple Horse (Clarence & Smoky #1)

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  56 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
This talented author/illustrator makes her picture-book debut and introduces young children to two delightful characters and their most unusual friendship.Clarence, a small pig with a nice apartment in the city, is very excited about the vacation he is taking to a ranch Out West, and about the bus ride that will take him there. But when Clarence arrives at the ranch, he is ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Cooper Square Pub (first published February 25th 2000)
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Aug 27, 2009 Mike rated it really liked it
Clarence was horrified!!!!

What a fantastic book, one of the most touching and heart-rending books ever read to me.
Jan 23, 2016 Judy rated it liked it
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Purple horses are okay, and ranches with cacti are always good settings, but this story just didn't click with me. I liked the first several pages. I thought this was going to be about a city person experiencing the great outdoors, or maybe about the adventures of a pig and a horse, but I didn't expect a rescue story with a vague ending. Not bad, but not a story I'd pick to read aloud.
The Brothers
Jan 22, 2016 The Brothers rated it liked it
An okay story of a city pig who goes out west to play on a ranch and meets a purple horse named Smokey. They become friends and Clarence (the pig) learns that the ranch is going to sell Smokey because he's getting old. So Clarence uses his bus fare money to buy Smokey and they set off home.

Okay illustrations.
Deborah Mattes
Jun 13, 2015 Deborah Mattes rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite children's books. A story of true friendship, respect for your elders, and adventure. Such a sweet bedtime story!
This is a great friend story about a pig who travels out west and meets a purple horse. The horse and the pig become great friends, and then the pig learns that the horse is going to be sold from the ranch. In order to keep his friend, the pig uses all of his bus money to buy the horse from the ranch. The two friends then travel all the way across the country together, having adventures on the way. This is a good book for older kids, ideally those who are interested in the old West or horses or ...more
Mostly liked this, but the ending was so out there. I was also weirded out by Clarence purchasing the Purple Horse...can you really buy your friends? I know, I know. Reading WAAAAY too much into this. I'm ok with bizarre as long as it makes sense.
Jan 02, 2014 Guen rated it liked it
Sweet and different. Great art.
Jul 30, 2011 Cheryl rated it liked it
Purple horses and pink pigs line dancing! The ending was wonderfully touching.
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Adorable! Perfect for Southwest Storytime.
Jan 27, 2010 K. rated it really liked it
strange. kids love it.
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Grew up in the studio of her artist father, watching him paint from the time she was big enough to hang over the back of his chair.

She lives in Paradise Valley, Arizona with her husband, their son, their two rescued Chinese pugs, two rescued cats, a mule, and a horse.
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