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Panky and William by Nancy Saxon
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Panky's mother wants her to be slim and beautiful, and to dance in cotillion classes in a yellow taffeta dress and white gloves. Panky, who is plump and lonely, dreams of riding horses. When she is befriended by a girl whose father runs a riding stable, Panky finds herself caring for, and about, William, a horse who is just as much a misfit as she is.

I read this book over and over as a kid. (I still have my copy, courtesy of Scholastic Book Orders!) Panky struggles with her weight, with her mother's vision of how she wants her little girl to look, with making friends, with dieting- but all in a very realistic, natural way for a ten-year-old. Part of the reason why I loved this book was because Panky and her friends talked like me and my friends, her parents talked like read parents. Nothing felt dumbed down or preachy, it was a real story about a real little girl, achieving her dream of learning to ride. Utterly charming, as is the sequel, Panky in the Saddle!
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