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Chucaro: Wild Pony of the Pampa

3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  39 ratings  ·  11 reviews
The world of the Argentine pampa comes to life in this humorous tale of a South American boy determined to tame and ride a wild pony.
Turtleback, 115 pages
Published February 1st 2002 by Turtleback Books (first published March 12th 1958)
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Tammy
Super story. So relaxing and well written. "Adios!" is so easy it may be said a hundred times a day. But when the leave-taking is real and you mean the farewell, then your lips are sealed. You keep silent and go." "You can't shake hands with your memories!"
Josiah
Told through use of an authentic third-person narrative voice that reflects the exciting outdoors feel of the Argentine Pampa region, Chúcaro: Wild Pony of the Pampa is a grassroots cultural tale about a boy and the horse he comes to love, a theme that seems to cross all national borders in its literary appeal. From Black Beauty to My Friend Flicka to Smoky, the Cowhorse to King of the Wind and beyond, horse stories have held our attention and found their way onto our bookshelves for generation ...more
Michiel
May 27, 2013 Michiel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horse lovers
Recommended to Michiel by: Mater Amibilis
I loved this book. A boy finds a wild pony on the Pampa in Argentina, and someone wants to take it away from him. It all doesn't necessarily end happily ever after, because happily ever after is up in the air, but it is satisfying.

What makes this book so great is that we get to feel what life on the Argentine Pampa is really like, at least what it was like 50 years ago. We get not only daily life details, but a sense of the place, the thought processes of the people, the values, the ethos, and a
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Thomas Bell
Well, I sure was glad that it wasn't a horse book. In my opinion there have been too many horse books. No, rather this was a book about what life is like on an Argentinian ranch. Quite interesting, but the plot leaves a lot to be desired. Also, almost all of the characters I would classify as losers, except the one family of course. Main characters name keeps changing too, from Pedro to Pedrito. Maybe that's okay in Argentina or in the Spanish language. I don't really know. stars though for bein ...more
Margaret
Chucaro is an unusual color for a pony & when Pedro spies him grazing on the Pampa he can hardly believe his eyes. He wants the pony for himself & the estancerio's spoiled son is equally determined to own him. Chucaro will decide for himself which gaucho will have the privilege of riding him.

This is a charming story, written in a style that acknowledges the reader. There are lovely drawn illustrations at just the right places. I loved it - just wish I had found it when I was nine!
Lindsey
The wild pink pony of the Pampa. An interesting read with some great dynamic characters. The author forces English readers to decipher Spanish words and decode some meaning from the sentences around it. The story explores the life of a guacho.

Favorite quote: Air, pure air, can lift a heavy heart and help you to forgive and forget anthing you want to. If you want to!"
Dawn Roberts
This simple, whimsical story of a boy and gaucho in Argentina was short and sweet and just right read aloud to my 7 and 9yo boys. It combines interesting cultural descriptions of life on the pampa with a cute story about a boy and his horse. Memorable characters, and this edition has some cute illustrations.
Connie
This 1959 Newberry Honor Book was especially fun, in its simple way, because it referred to things we learned while in Paraguay - yerbe mate (the tea drunk through a silver tube)and the Iguazu Falls (which we visited in Brazil). The occasional italicized Spanish words gave the book a special flavor.
Ashley
This was a short, easy read. It was a cute but unremarkable story.
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